Los Angeles Clippers: 2020 NBA Restart Prediction and Picks
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The Los Angeles Clippers are ready to get back onto the court, as the Clippers will be looking to pass their in-city foe in the standings. The Clippers sit 5.5 games back of the Lakers in the Pacific. The Clippers have a record of (44-20) to this point. The Clippers have been recording 116.2 points per contest, while allowing 109.7 per contest. Kawhi Leonard has been paving the way for the Clippers during the 2019-20 campaign. Let’s take a closer look at the Clippers roster, games left on the schedule, and current odds.
Roster Breakdown: Leonard is totaling 26.9 points per contest, while pulling down 7.3 rebounds, and handing out 5 assists. Paul George is collecting 21 points per contest, as he and Leonard have transformed into a solid duo. Lou Williams has done a nice job for the Clippers off the bench, as the guard is recording 18.7 points per game. Williams has started just 8 games out of the 60 games he has registered minutes in. Williams is 2nd on the team in minutes per contest (29.3). Montrezl Harrell has also done his part when coming off the bench. Harrell has started 2 games out of a possible 63 that he has seen action in, averaging 18.6 points per contest. The Clippers also receive plus defense from Patrick Beverley.
Remaining Schedule: vs. Brooklyn Nets (2), New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Help or Hurt: The Coronavirus break put a solid stretch of games by the Clippers to a halt. The Clippers had won 7 of their last 8 games, which included a 24 point win over Golden State, which was the last Clippers game. Therefore, I think the league being put on hold hurt the Clippers for that aspect. However, the Clippers have more than a few veterans on the team, so this break would be helpful in making sure their key players are ready to roll once the postseason gets here.
Odds: The Los Angeles Clippers have +190 odds to win the Western Conference Finals, while being +340 odds to win the NBA Finals Championship. The Clippers have the 2nd best odds to win the Western Conference, sitting just behind the Lakers. The Clippers have a favorable schedule once play resumes, which should help the Clippers regain momentum before postseason. Not only do the Clippers have an impressive starting rotation, their bench has been even more impressive. The Clippers will have the ability to win multiple series come postseason and I like the Clippers chances to make it to the NBA Finals.