Philadelphia 76ers (6-6 SU, 8-4 ATS, 8-4 O/U) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS, 5-7 O/U)
NBA: Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:30 p.m. EST
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -3. Total: 220.
The Los Angeles Clippers will be desperate to halt a five-game losing streak when they host the Philadelphia 76ers at the Staples Center on Monday night. Los Angeles is 1-7 in its last eight overall and has fallen in succession to Memphis, Miami, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and New Orleans. The 76ers have won five in a row before consecutive setbacks against Sacramento and Golden State.
Covington hot from long range
Philadelphia is 1-2 so far on a five-game road trip following a 135-114 loss to the Warriors on Saturday. JJ Redick, who scored a team-high 17 points in the setback, will be making his return to the Staples Center–where he played the last four seasons with the Clippers. The 76ers’ young stars just couldn’t keep pace with Golden State’s offensive barrage, as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons combined to go 10-for-28 from the field and commit 11 turnovers. Small forward Robert Covington hit a pair of three-pointers and enters Sunday’s action ranked fifth in the NBA with 43 connections from beyond the arc while shooting 48.9 percent from long distance.
“We knew what we were coming into (the game against Golden State),” Covington commented. “This is one of those challenges that we have to take on. But we will see them again in a week. We will be better prepared. We have an idea how they are going to play. And we are [going to make] it be a different outcome.”
Frustration seems to be building for the Clippers, who have dropped five straight. Los Angeles was hit with three technical fouls during a 111-103 loss to New Orleans on Saturday, as a banged-up bunch could not keep up with Pelicans’ stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. L.A. finished the contest with 25 fouls overall. Absences of point guard Patrick Beverley (knee) and forward Danilo Gallinari (glute) did not help.
“This day and time, they look at each other wrong, it’s a foul,” head coach Doc Rivers seethed. “I don’t know how they even play against each other anymore. It’s so difficult.”
Forward Blake Griffin is shouldering a heavy load amidst the team’s struggles, and he is 14-for-46 from the floor while averaging 39 minutes in the last two games. Austin Rivers chipped in 19 points in Saturday’s loss and DeAndre Jordan recorded his sixth double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Philadelphia 76ers are:
- 7-2 ATS in their last nine overall
- 18-7 ATS in their last 25 road games
- 45-18-1 ATS in their last 64 games against the Western Conference
The Los Angeles Clippers are:
- 0-5 ATS in their last five overall
- 1-4 ATS in their last five home games
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against the Eastern Conference
Los Angeles has the pressure on to pick up a win at home on Monday before a three-day break that precedes a return to the road. L.A. just lost three in a row on the road and has a five-game trip looming. Each of the team’s last three opponents has shot at least 51.3 percent from the floor. Sixers’ guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot hit all three of his three-point tries at Golden State and is 11-for-22 from long range on the road. Philadelphia is 7-2 ATS in its last nine overall, 18-7 ATS in its last 25 on the road, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 against losing opponents, 7-1 ATS in their last eight on the road against opponents with losing home records, and 45-18-1 ATS in its last 64 against the Western Conference. The Clippers are 0-5 ATS in their last five overall, 1-4 ATS in their last five at home, 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 against the Atlantic Division, and 0-4 ATS in their last four following a loss. Don’t be surprised if those trends continue.