The Los Angeles Clippers (14-6) welcome the Washington Wizards (6-11) to Staples Center as they look to prolong their seven-game home winning streak. The game is scheduled to get underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Los Angeles is a 12.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 237 points.
Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Clippers Free Prediction
The last time the Wizards played, they were blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers, 125-103, and failed to cover as 11.5-point underdogs. The total points for the game (228) came in under the projected point total of 234. Getting to the charity stripe was one of Los Angeles’ biggest advantages. They made 28 trips to the line, while Washington went 19 times. Bradley Beal led Washington in scoring with 18 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
The Clippers lost to the San Antonio Spurs in their last contest, 107-97, despite being 5-point favorites. The game’s total points (204) were well under the projected point total of 224. San Antonio’s 8.3 turnover percentage was their largest strength over Los Angeles, who had a rate of 12.5. The Spurs’ mark was better than their season average of 11.9. Kawhi Leonard had a solid performance for Los Angeles, leading both teams in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-23 shooting.
After splitting two games last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last game, the Wizards won 125-118. The Wizards had a much better turnover percentage (6.0 vs. 14.9) and had a much better free throw rate (0.344 vs. 0.169).
Although Washington has a hard time winning games straight up (6-11 SU), they have an outstanding record against the spread (11-6). Of the Wizards’ 17 games, nine have finished over the O/U total.
Los Angeles has a phenomenal 14-6 SU record, but they have a hard time covering the spread (9-10-1 ATS). Of the Clippers’ 20 games, 12 have finished under the projected point total.
The offensive glass could be a huge advantage for Los Angeles in this battle. The Clippers rank second in offensive rebounding percentage (25.5 percent), while Washington ranks 26th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.0 percent). Furthermore, the elite offense of the Wizards ranks third in effective field goal percentage (0.546), while the Clippers are fourth-best in the league at effective field goal percentage allowed (0.497).
Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Clippers Free Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Clippers, ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Under
On the road, Washington is 7-3 ATS with 5 overs and 5 unders.
At home, Los Angeles is 7-4-1 ATS with 8 unders and 4 overs.
In games where they allow under 100 points, Washington is 2-0 and Los Angeles is 6-0.
The Wizards are 5-11 when they score over 100 points, while the Clippers are 12-3.
Los Angeles ranks third in assists allowed per game (21.8) while Washington ranks 29th (26.5).
The Clippers rank second in rebounds per game (48.9) while the Wizards rank 27th (42.0).
Los Angeles ranks sixth in points allowed in the paint per game (43.2) while Washington ranks 28th (52.6).
The Clippers rank third in second chance points per game (15.5) while the Wizards rank 24th in second chance points allowed per game (13.9).
Los Angeles ranks fifth in fast break points per game (15.6) while Washington ranks 24th in fast break points allowed per game (15.1).
The Clippers average 5.7 blocks per game, which ranks seventh in the league. The Wizards rank 21st in blocks allowed per game (5.9).
Washington ranks 11th in three pointers attempted per game (35.0) while Los Angeles ranks 22nd in three pointers allowed per game (35.5).
The Wizards rank 18th in steals per game (7.1) while the Clippers rank 20th in steals allowed per game (8.2).
Los Angeles averages 18.3 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 10th in the league. Washington ranks 12th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.6).
In its last five outings, Washington is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over its last five games.
The Wizards’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.4, up from 2.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 117.6 points per game (3.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 110.6 points per game (3.1 above their season average).