The Los Angeles Clippers are falling down a bad path recently. They were on a four-game winning streak, but have u-turned and are now on a three-game losing streak.
Their most recent was a blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs, where they failed to cover the NBA odds. Now they have to go up against a team that has owned them throughout the early part of the season.
The good news for Clippers backers in the sportsbook is that the Kings have lost five of their last seven games, including a 15-point beatdown against the Golden State Warriors in their last game.
Game: Los Angeles Clippers (16-15) at Sacramento Kings (13-19)
Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
Day/Time: Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET
Television: NBA TV
Los Angeles Clippers at Sacramento Kings
Will George Step Up for Clippers?
The Clippers are one of the few teams that haven’t been ravaged by injuries and COVID protocols at the moment, but they are still playing without Kawhi Leonard.
Paul George has taken the lead for this team on both ends of the floor and has done incredibly well, averaging 25.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
He can’t afford to take his foot off the gas pedal in this one. He will also need the help of Reggie Jackson, the team’s second leading scorer at 17.2 points per contest. There is a big drop-off after that, so if these two don’t deliver the Clippers aren’t winning.
Can Reinforcements Arrive in Time For Kings?
Unlike the Clippers, Sacramento has seen a lot of players jump in and out of the lineup. De’Aaron Fox, Alex Len, Davion Mitchell and Richaun Holmes are all questionable to make it onto the floor for this matchup.
Those are players that drastically change the outlook of this matchup. If none of them can get cleared in time for Wednesday’s game, expect Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton to take over the offense.
Harrison Barnes will be critical to a win, too. All three of those guys have been improving as scorers, with Haliburton having a fantastic 27-point game in the team’s latest outing.
The Kings aren’t the most talented team and may not have much depth, so track the news to see if they’re able to get their key contributors back in time.
Kings Look to Go 3-0 vs. Clippers
On paper, it looks like the Clippers are the better team, which is what the betting line suggests. They are the favorites by six points, which reinforces the fact that the oddsmakers think the Kings will be shorthanded.
At the same time, the spread feels high. Los Angeles has a good chance to win this game, but it’s hard to imagine them winning by six or more points with the Kings already getting two solid wins over them.