The Los Angeles Clippers (42-30) will travel to Quicken Loans Arena to clash against the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-53). Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22, 2019, and can be seen on Fox Sports – Ohio.
Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Odds
Both teams covered in their last game. The Cavaliers (5.5-point underdogs) defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 107-102, while the Clippers (5.5-point favorite) beat the Indiana Pacers 115-109. The Cleveland game went 16 points under the projected point total of 225, while the Los Angeles game finished 4 points over the projected point total of 220.
The Clippers knocked down 19 of their 27 free throws (70.4 percent), while the Pacers had a turnover percentage of 17.5 (above their season average of 12.2). The Cavaliers, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.5 (above their season average of 23.4) and had a better free throw rate (0.194 vs. 0.187). Jordan Clarkson had a solid performance for Cleveland with 23 points and five rebounds. Montrezl Harrell, meanwhile led the way for Los Angeles, finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
This was a highly competitive series last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Clippers won the most recent contest 116-102. Los Angeles won the rebounding battle. The Clippers had more offensive rebounds (13 vs. eight), defensive rebounds (39 vs. 32) and total rebounds (52 vs. 40). This is the first time these teams will clash this year.
Of the Clippers’ 72 games, 38 have finished over the total. Los Angeles heads into the game with records of 42-30 straight up (SU) and 41-31 against the spread (ATS).
Much like Los Angeles, a little over half of Cavaliers games have finished over the O/U total. Further, Cleveland is 19-53 SU and 34-36-2 ATS.
The Clippers’ Harrell has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 19 points,7.6 rebounds,2.0 blocks per game. Meanwhile, Collin Sexton has averaged 26 points during that same time frame for the Cavaliers.
There’s a decent chance that Los Angeles struggles to create turnovers. Cleveland ranks seventh in the NBA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.8 percent), while Los Angeles forces the third-fewest turnovers (12.2 percent). Furthermore, the Clippers are among the NBA’s best at getting to the line, ranking first in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.259). The Cavaliers, however, rank fourth at keeping opponents off the charity stripe with an opponents’ FTA rate of 0.184.
Clippers vs. Cavaliers Pick
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Cavaliers, ATS Winner – Cavaliers, O/U – Over
- Cleveland ranks fourth in steals allowed per game (6.9) while Los Angeles ranks 22nd (8.1).
- The Clippers rank 21st in blocks per game (4.7) while the Cavaliers rank last (2.5).
- Cleveland ranks 16th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.8) while Los Angeles ranks 25th (17.6).
- Cleveland ranks 22nd in three pointers attempted per game (29.2) while Los Angeles ranks 29th (25.4).
- The Clippers rank seventh in points in the paint per game (50.9) while the Cavaliers rank 25th (43.6).
- The Clippers rank 21st in assists per game (23.5) while the Cavaliers rank 29th (20.9).
- Cleveland averages 13.5 second chance points per game, which ranks 12th in the league. Los Angeles ranks 23rd in second chance points allowed per game (13.9).
- Los Angeles is 6-1 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Cleveland is 6-3.
- In games where they reach the century mark, the Clippers are 42-21 and the Cavaliers are 17-26.
- Cleveland is 18-19 ATS at home, while Los Angeles is 21-15 ATS on the road.
- The Clippers have 21 unders and 15 overs in 36 road games.
- The Cavaliers have 22 overs and 15 unders in 37 home games.
- The Cavaliers are 3-1-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Clippers are 2-3.
- In their last five games, Cleveland has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Los Angeles has 4 overs and 1 under.
- The Cavaliers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.8, down from 9.0 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 121.2 points per game (6.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 117.2 points per game (3.5 above their season average).