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LA Clippers Betting Outlook
Western Conference Odds: +275
Preseason NBA Championship Odds: +575
The LA Clippers felt like they had things in hand last season when they made big moves to acquire Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. But a second-round exit from the playoffs led to more big changes, most notably head coach Doc Rivers leaving the team after seven seasons with the team. Now Tyronn Lue moves up from his assistant role, hoping to duplicate his success in leading the Cavaliers to a title in 2016.
The big two are still in place for the Clippers, though Leonard and George both were a bit underwhelming in the playoff loss to the Nuggets. Will taking regular-season games off continue under Lue, or will we see Leonard and George pushing throughout the regular season? There is a bit less depth to this team now with the departures of Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell and Landry Shamet, but there is still plenty of talent to make a title run.
Still, if you’re betting the over/under for this team, beware. Even last year’s squad didn’t seem to push at 100% all season long and ended up second in the division and conference standings to the Lakers.
Clippers 2021 Predictions
Regular Season Record: 52-20
Conference Standing: Second
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Kawhi Leonard is still one of the best players in the league, but his leadership was a bit lacking last season.There was talk that his new teammates didn’t particularly like his “load management” routine. Will the soft-spoken do more than lead by example this season? His on-court play can’t be questioned, as he is one of the best defenders in the league and has been a clutch scorer everywhere he’s played.
Paul George’s first season with the Clippers wasn’t exactly the best. He struggled early in the postseason and still has trouble asserting himself as a No. 2 scorer at times. But, averaging over 20 points and nearly six rebounds and four assists per game is an off year that most NBA players would love to have.
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LA Clippers Team History
The LA Clippers have been part of the NBA since 1970, but they’ve only been in Los Angeles since 1984.The Clippers were born as the Buffalo Braves, one of three expansion franchises that started play in the league in the 1970-71 season.
The Braves started to gain some relevance in 1972-73 when they selected Bob McAdoo with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. McAdoo won the league’s Rookie of the Year Award, which was won the next season by guard Ernie DiGregorio for the Braves as well. The two teamed to take Buffalo to the playoffs for the first time in 1973-74.
McAdoo was the league’s Most Valuable Player the following season, when Buffalo made the second of three straight playoff appearances. In 1976-77, the Braves had their third Rookie of the Year winner, Adrian Dantley, in five seasons.
Despite the team’s success with awards and making the playoffs, the Braves headed west prior to the 1978-79 season and were renamed the San Diego Clippers. Despite another Rookie of the Year winner — Terry Cummings in 1982-83 — the Clippers failed to make the postseason in all six seasons they played in San Diego, moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1984-85 campaign.
The change in venue didn’t help the team’s success, as they didn’t make the playoffs until the 1991-92 campaign. Only two other postseason appearances were in the cards over the next 13 seasons, until the team made the playoffs in 2005-06, winning a first-round series over Denver before falling to the Suns in seven games in the conference semifinals.
The arrival of No. 1 overall draft pick Blake Griffin in 2011-12 (he missed his rookie campaign with a kneecap injury) coincided with the team making the first of six straight playoff appearances. Chris Paul came aboard in 2011-12, and the point guard’s passes combined with Griffin and DeAndre Jordan’s dunks led to the Clippers being nicknamed Lob City.
The team won their first Pacific Division titles in 2012-13 and 2013-14, but were unable to advance past the conference semifinals. After a number of years without being able to break through, the Clippers split up the nucleus of the team.
After a one-season absence from the postseason, the Clippers returned in 2018-19, falling in the first round, which led to the 2019 offseason, which saw big changes for the team heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
Seven players and two head coaches that spent time with the Braves/Clippers are in the Hall of Fame, including Dantley, McAdoo, Dominique Wilkins, Grant Hill, Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes. Larry Brown and Bill Fitch are two of the coaching legends of the game that spent time on the Clippers’ sideline.
Prior to the 2019-20 campaign, the Clippers made a pair of significant acquisitions, signing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent and trading for Paul George.The addition of the two All-Stars and pairing them with two of the top reserves in the game in Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell made the Clippers one of the favorites to win the NBA title.
The team started slow, going 7-5 over its first 12 games and falling behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific Division. Despite playing better and getting to 44-20 when the league had to be suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Clippers were still second in the Pacific at the time of the suspension.
In the Orlando bubble, the Clippers went 5-3 but remained as the second seed in the Western Conference.That earned them a first-round series with the Dallas Mavericks, which lasted six games before Los Angeles advanced.
The Clippers took a 3-1 lead on the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals but blew a 15-point second-half lead in Game 5 and didn’t win another game in the series.The upset loss led to head coach Doc Rivers leaving the team after seven seasons at the helm. Sixth Man of the Year Award winner Harrell also left, joining the Lakers as a free agent in the offseason.
Nicolas Batum, forward, Charlotte Hornets
Serge Ibaka, forward, Toronto Raptors
Luke Kennard, guard, Detroit Pistons
Tyronn Lue, coach
Montrezl Harrell, forward, Los Angeles Lakers
Landry Shamet, guard, Brooklyn Nets
Doc Rivers, coach, Philadelphia 76ers
Daniel Oturu, center, Minnesota
Tyronn Lue was named the 26th head coach of the LA Clippers franchise on Oct. 20, 2020, being promoted from his assistant coach job. The Clippers are the second team that Lue has been the head coach of, having spent two and a half seasons as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lue had an 11-year NBA playing career, spending time with seven different teams. After he joined the Boston Celtics front office and being an assistant coach with the Clippers, Lue took the job as associate head coach with Cleveland prior to the 2014-15 season. When David Blatt was fired midway through the 2015-16 campaign, Lue was promoted to head coach.
He was at the helm for the greatest NBA Finals comeback in league history, as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Golden State Warriors for that franchise’s first NBA championship at the end of the 2015-16 season. Lue led the Cavaliers back to the Finals in each of the next two seasons, where they fell to the Warriors each time. Lue was fired after going 0-6 to start the 2018-19 campaign.
Lue has been with the Clippers since the time of his firing, and now has risen to the top coaching job in the organization.
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