After knocking off the NBA’s hottest team, the Los Angeles Clippers face another sizzling club when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday evening. Los Angeles handed Utah only its second loss in 22 games on Friday to remain right on the heels of the Los Angeles Lakers for first place in the Pacific Division. Brooklyn has won five games in a row and is 6-0 against the Pacific Division after dominating the Lakers on Thursday.
Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET at the Staples Center. William Hill Sportsbook lists Los Angeles as a 6.5-point favorite, while the over-under is 235.5 in the latest Nets vs. Clippers odds. Before making any Clippers vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it returned over $5,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks last season. The model is also up more than $8,400 on top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. Dating back to last season, it enters Week 9 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on a stunning 83-48 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Clippers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Clippers vs. Nets:
- Nets vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -6.5
- Nets vs. Clippers over-under: 235.5 points
- Nets vs. Clippers money line: Clippers -265; Nets +225
- BKN: Nets F Kevin Durant (hamstring) will sit out his fourth straight game
- LAC: Clippers G Lou Williams is averaging 20.3 points in his last 10 games
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn is shooting a league-best 42 percent from 3-point range since acquiring James Harden in a four-team blockbuster trade. The Nets connected on 18-of-39 from behind the arc in Thursday’s win over the Lakers and have knocked down a staggering 65 3-pointers over their past three games. Joe Harris is 15-of-24 from long range on the road trip and is shooting a league-best 50.7 percent from distance.
Brooklyn has learned to win without All-Star captain Kevin Durant, who has been sidelined six of the past seven games due to injury and coronavirus restrictions. With Durant’s 29.0 points on the bench, the Nets have resorted to a smaller lineup featuring Jeff Green playing center. They also have tightened up one of the league’s worst defenses by allowing fewer than 100 points twice during the winning streak.
Why the Clippers can cover
Los Angeles had its starting lineup intact and, more notably, its top two scorers back in the lineup for the first time in a week in Friday’s victory over the Jazz. Kawhi Leonard (leg) returned after a three-game absence to score a team-high 29 points on Friday. He is averaging a team-leading 26.8 points on the season and 29.0 points this month, including a 33-point outing in a loss at Brooklyn on Feb 2.
Paul George had more modest numbers than Leonard on Friday with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists after sitting out the previous seven games with a toe injury. He had one of his best games of the season before going on the shelf, pouring in 36 points and knocking down 8 of 9 3-pointers at Cleveland on Feb. 3. That came one night after he scored 26 points in the 124-120 defeat at the Nets.
How to make Nets vs. Clippers picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting both teams combine for 236 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can get that pick at SportsLine.
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