It’s an interconference contest on the hardwood in the Hoosier State. The LA Clippers are on the road as they travel to face the Indiana Hoosiers Monday night. LA was in action on the road Sunday night as they battled the defensively challenged Wizards in the nation’s capital: they were dumped 119-91 on the road by Milwaukee Friday night in their last game. Indiana escaped with a 104-103 road win over the Knicks in their last game Saturday night. The Pacers lead the all-time regular season series 56-33. Last season, the teams split two meetings with the Clippers taking a 115-109 home win in the most recent matchup on March 19, 2019.
LA Clippers Play Second Game of Back to Back SituationLA was in action on the road against the Wizards in the nation’s capital on Sunday night. The Clippers entered Sunday second in the Pacific Division, four games behind the Lakers. Entering the contest, LA was fourth in the Western Conference playoff picture. The Clippers have done most of their damage at home this season as they are just 3-6 on the road. LA averages 111.3 ppg on the road compared to their full-season mark of 114.4 ppg this year. The Clippers give up 115.6 ppg on the road, which is far worse than their full-season mark of 108.3 ppg this year. LA is 3-1 in the second game of back to back situations this season.
The Clippers are currently 6th in the league in scoring offense with 114.4 points per game. LA is 2nd in the league in rebounding with 49 boards per game and stands 21st in assists with 23.2 per contest. The Clippers are above average defensively, ranking 12th in scoring defense by allowing 108.3 points per game. Paul George is second on the team with 22.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game on the season after missing the first 11 games of the season. Kawhi Leonard contributes a team-leading 24.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists but has missed five games this year. Lou Williams (20.7 points, 6.2 assists) and Montrezl Harrell (18.7 points, eight rebounds) are both averaging in double figures as well. JaMychal Green, Ivica Zubac, Patrick Beverley, Patrick Patterson and Landry Shamet are other key pieces for Doc Rivers. LA is 13th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.6 percent from the floor. The Clippers are 18th in three pointers a game with 11.6 per contest and tied for 14th in three-point shooting as they hit 35.6 percent of their long-range attempts.
Indiana Pacers Look to Defend Home FloorIndiana survived the second game of their own back to back Saturday night as they edged the Knicks by a point on the road. The Pacers entered Sunday second in the Central Division, five games behind the Bucks. In the playoff picture, Indiana stood sixth in the Eastern Conference. Indiana led by five after the opening quarter, by six at the half, by eight after three quarters and by 10 in the opening minute of the fourth. The Pacers went ice cold down the stretch as they were scoreless over the final 5:17 of the game. Indiana got by when Julius Randle clanked a potential game-tying field goal with 0.1 seconds to play. The Pacers shot 48.2 percent from the field, including 12 of 28 from three-point range, and overcame 17 turnovers in the contest. T.J. Warren led Indiana with 25 points in the win.
The Pacers enter this contest 17th in scoring offense with 109.2 points per game on the season. Indiana is 20th in the league in rebounding with 44.1 boards per contest and stands 11th with 24.8 assists per game. The Pacers are 6th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 104.5 points per game this season. Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 19 points, 4.9 rebounds plus 7.7 assists per game this season. Domantas Sabonis (18.4 points, 13.1 rebounds), Myles Turner (11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.2 blocks), T.J. Warren (18.7 points) and Jeremy Lamb (16 points) are all contributing on the offensive end. The Pacers still miss Victor Oladipo, who is on the comeback trail after last season’s knee injury: he has been practicing with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G League. Indiana is 6th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 47.3 percent from the field this season. The Pacers are 28th in threes made per game as they have drained 9.8 triples a night while the team stands 5th in three-point shooting by hitting 37 percent from beyond the arc.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com: Clippers are:
- 2-7 ATS last 9 road games.
Trends from Covers.com Pacers are:
- 4-1 ATS last 5 Monday games.
- 7-2-1 ATS last 10 playing on 1 day's rest.