#712 Los Angeles Clippersvs.#711 Orlando Magic
Wednesday, January 1 2017, at 10:35pm EST
Written by Big B
Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Clippers
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 11th, 10:30 pm EST
Line: LA Clippers -10.5
The Magic continue their west coast visit with a game against the Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Magic lost their opening game to the Rockets 100-93 in a very respectable effort, but came back and got crushed by the Lakers 111-95 on Sunday. That means Wednesday’s game will be their second straight game playing in the Staples Center.
The Clippers have won four in a row and have started playing good ball again. Chris Paul has returned but he missed a few games and Blake Griffin is still out. Griffin has been rumored in trades for Paul Milsap and DeMarcus Cousins so this trading deadline will be an interesting one for the team. To be 26-14 after all their injuries has been impressive.
The Lakers blew open a close game against the Magic on Sunday night and won going away. The Magic were down 62-60 at halftime in what looked to be a high scoring affair, but then the Magic threw up nine points only in the third quarter. The Lakers then added to their lead in the fourth quarter.
The Magic couldn’t shoot the ball straight from the field, three point line, or even the free throw line. They were 34 of 90 from the field, seven of 26 from beyond the arc, and shot only69% from the line as well. No player scored over 20 points and they weren’t going to compete with a Laker team that put up 111 points.
I’ve been impressed with the Clippers this year. Are they going to beat the Warriors or Spurs in the West? No. Are they probably ranked below the Rockets now? Yes. But they have had a lot of injuries and distractions and they still keep winning. They are 26-14 and have won four straight, beating the Suns, Grizzlies, Kings, and Heat. OK, not exactly a murderers row of teams, but four in a row is four in a row.
Their latest win came at the hands of the Heat. The Clippers used suffocating defense, holding the Heat to 20 points or less in three of the four quarters. For the game, the Clippers held the Heat to 36% shooting. On offense, they were led by J.J. Redick who had 25 points and hit four three-pointers.
The Orlando Magic are:
The Los Angeles Clippers are:
The Clippers have been a new team the last two weeks and are playing great basketball again. The Magic are struggling on their west coast trip as many eastern conference teams do. They just don’t have the talent that Los Angeles does. I like the Clippers to win big.
The Magic will be making their second straight trip to the Staples Center on Wednesday and will be hoping for a different result. While the Magic gave up 111 to the Lakers, they have been a solid defensive side lately. They held the high scoring Rockets to only 100 points the game before. Meanwhile, the Clippers have turned to defense since they lost Blake Griffin. They defense has been great lately, and I think Orlando will have trouble scoring on Wednesday. Let’s take the under.
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Known as Big B since his time at UCSB, Brian O’Sullivan is a novelist, screenwriter, & poker player who follows sports religiously. His betting style would be considered that of a contrarian, and he likes to bet against the general public. It seems to be working. You can find him at the coffee shops of Vegas, hanging with his family in SF, or at the bars of LA.