Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 2/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+10)
The Cleveland Cavaliers (10-17) travel to STAPLES Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Los Angeles Clippers (19-8). The line on this contest has Los Angeles as 10-point favorites. The O/U opens at 227.
The Cleveland Cavaliers took the court against the Portland Blazers and took a loss by a final of 129-110 in their last contest. Cleveland wrapped up the contest with a 43.7% field goal percentage (38 out of 87) and converted 8 out of their 23 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers knocked down 26 of their 37 shots for a rate of 70.3%. With respect to getting rebounds, they earned 41 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 20 dimes in this matchup while earning 6 steals and 3 rejections. When discussing defense, Cleveland let their opponent shoot 51.8% from the field on 43 of 83 shooting. Portland doled out 16 assists and had 3 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Blazers had 45 rebounds (9 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Portland went 90.9% from the free throw line by knocking down 30 of their 33 tries. They also made 13 of their 35 shots from 3-point land.
Collin Sexton is one guy who was a contributor in the game. He accumulated 25 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He played for 40:52 minutes and collected 3 boards. Sexton finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and recorded 5 dimes. Another guy that had an impact in the game for the Cavaliers was Darius Garland. He snagged 2 boards and also totaled 4 assists. He ended up going 43.8% from the floor for the contest by connecting on 7-of-16 (17 points). In all, Garland was on the court for 32:46 min.
Cleveland enters this one with a mark of 10-17 for the year. They are losing possession via turnover 15.3 times per contest and as a unit are committing 18.9 personal fouls every game. As a team, Cleveland is pulling in 43.6 boards per game and has totaled 624 assists this season, which ranks 16th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Cavaliers are connecting on 34.2% on three-point shots (246 of 719) and 71.5% from the charity stripe. They average 103.9 points per outing (29th in the league) while hitting 44.9% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Cavaliers have forced 15.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.4 fouls. They concede 39.7% on shots from distance and they are 15th in basketball in points per game from their opponents (111.9). The Cavaliers are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 48.0% (427 of 552) and they concede 44.3 rebounds per contest as a team. They currently rank 23rd in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 666 conceded for the season.
The last time they took the court, the Los Angeles Clippers walked away with a victory by a final of 125-106 against the Chicago Bulls. The Clippers were able to snag 33 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 37 for the contest. They also blocked 7 tries while earning 11 steals for this game. The Bulls had 16 fouls for the contest which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for 15 shots. They were able to bury 12 of the free throw tries for a rate of 80.0%. With respect to 3-pointers, Los Angeles made 13 of their 30 tries (43.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Clippers ended up shooting 50 out of 86 from the field which had them shooting 58.1%. The Clippers allowed the Bulls to make 40 of 85 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 47.1% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 37.5% from downtown by shooting 12 of 32 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 15 from the charity stripe (93.3%). In reference to attacking the glass, Los Angeles permitted Chicago to grab 41 in total (8 offensive).
Kawhi Leonard pitched in for the Clippers in the matchup. He buried 14 of 21 in this game for a field goal rate of 66.7%, which gave him 33 points. Leonard had 6 boards in his 32:52 mins of playing time and had 3 dimes for this contest. An additional guy that was important for Los Angeles was Reggie Jackson. He was able to score 11 points in 23:58 mins played via 5 of 11 from the floor in this matchup. Jackson walked away from this one going 45.5% from the floor while contributing 4 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Los Angeles has a mark of 19-8 so far this year. When it comes to offense, the Clippers are hitting on 48.5% from the field, which is 4th in the NBA. Los Angeles has scored 3,114 pts so far this season (115.3 per contest) and they collect 44.0 boards per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.1 times per contest (19th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.2 times per contest. The Clippers have committed 18.9 fouls per game and they hit 84.8% from the charity stripe. The Clippers on the defensive end are ranked 5th in the NBA in PPG given up with 107.9. The Los Angeles defense gives up 36.3% on shots from 3-point land (326 of 898) and opponents are knocking down 79.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 23.4 dimes and 41.1 total boards per game, which ranks them 6th and 1st in the NBA. They have forced 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.5% from the floor (16th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-10)
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