Take Sacramento ' LA Clippers OVER (#505-506)
Before the Kings 99-86 loss to the Lakers earlier in the week, head coach Dave Joerger told reporters that he wanted to see a faster pace. What happened' A brick fest, filled with turnovers, as Sacramento shot less than 35% from the floor while giving it away16 times. Even 25 Lakers turnovers couldn't make up for their shooting woes. That being said, the pace was there for a MUCH higher scoring affair than what actually transpired.
Joerger, prior to tonight's game: 'We really try to pick up our stuff in practice, so the game almost feels a little slower. And try to make them play, fast, fast, fast and make mistakes and that's OK, because we learn from them.'
Clearly, we can expect the Kings to continue pushing the pace vs. the Clippers this evening. For a team that ranks #27 out of 30 NBA teams in full season pace rating, a change of pace to uptempo basketball will take time for an appropriate market adjustment, especially after that debacle vs. the Lakers that stayed 28 points Under the total.
The Clippers have been an Over machine in recent weeks, cashing nine Overs in their last ten ballgames. In their last five games, LA has averaged 113 ppg and allowed 113 ppg. The losing team in Clippers games scored at least 105 in all five of those contests. With all the injuries the Clips have suffered this season, Doc Rivers hasn't been able to create any defensive rhythm for his squad, but they've still got plenty of shooters. They hung 122 on the Kings just after Christmas in another game that cashed Over bets with ease. Expect a shootout! Take the Over.