Los Angeles Clippers -4.5 over Orlando Magic 6:05 PM CT
The Clippers were stunned at home on Wednesday as the Timberwolves went into the Staples Center and scored 32 4th quarter points to steal a rare win. The Wolves have been on a run of mostly competitive games despite the disappointing record and against the Clippers Minnesota had one of its best shooting games of the season hitting over 50 percent from the floor. The Wolves also had the edge on the boards while it was a disappointing night for most of the starting five for the Clippers. After a slow start to the season Los Angeles is up to 32-17 while holding the fourth best record in the Western Conference. Los Angeles hasn’t been the great home team they were last season but the Clippers have produced a 15-9 S/U mark on the road. Los Angeles has also excelled in the small favorite role going 11-6 ATS this season as a favorite of fewer than six points. The Magic displayed some promise early this season but the team is currently on a 2-14 run as a team that was once in playoff position continues to slide. The Magic have dropped five of the last six home games and the solid season numbers continue to head in the wrong direction. The Clippers are 10-6 S/U off a loss this season and over the last five games the Clippers have allowed nearly 18 fewer points per game than the Magic as there is a huge contrast in the recent defensive form of these squads. The Magic gave the Clippers a tough game in Los Angeles in a two-point loss in December but Chris Paul didn’t play in that game and expect this to be a big game for Paul after getting hit with a technical foul late in the loss to Minnesota that proved to be a critical play. 12 of the last 14 losses for the Magic have come by four or more points and coming off big games with the Spurs and a close call with the Thunder it will be tough for Orlando to be up for another prominent game. Despite the distractions this season the Clippers are still rounding into a serious Western Conference contender, winning 16 of the last 20 games and last losing consecutive games before Christmas.
Nelly’s turned in a 3-0 night in basketball last night with NBA & college winners – our Free Pick with Oregon State also held on for a narrow upset! We are 30-10 for a 75% run in our last 40 picks over the past 23 days with our basketball service. Don’t miss a guaranteed NBA pick tonight as we gear up for a big college basketball day on Saturday, having gone 3-0 each of the last two Saturdays! We also have our Super Bowl selection coming this afternoon plus a handful of prop plays to build on a 5-1 run this season and a 17-4 run the last three seasons in the NFL playoff picks!
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