An NBA game day preview matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Odds & Trends
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Home Record: 24-2
Los Angeles Clippers
Road Record: 15-11
Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Clippers Game Day Preview
Both the 76ers and Clippers are teams that were expected to be dominating their respective conferences going into the regular season. And while the Clippers are currently sitting in a tie for second in the West, it’s apparent that the sixth-place 76ers have underperformed through the first half of the season.
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The 76ers have absolutely dominated on their home court through 53 games with only 2 losses this season at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia has always been one of the most hostile environments for a visiting team in any sport and that home crowd energy might be exactly the kind of intangible factor that could propel Philly past the Clippers. On paper, the Clippers are simply a better team in most aspects of the game. That being said, the difference is marginal in a number of the stats where the Clippers come out ahead.
The ways that the ‘6ers are statistically better in this matchup are where they’ll need to focus on if they’re going to keep their home loss record at two. Their effective field goal percentages are slightly better than LA’s. Taking and making high percentage shots will be key against the Clippers’ defense.
The ‘6ers will also need to get off to a good start. They are five spots ahead of the Clippers in first-quarter scoring at 12th when playing Doc Rivers’ team. But their scoring for the second through fourth quarters drops off dramatically to 25th, 22nd, and 24th respectively. If they don’t get rolling early, Philly could easily find themselves in a losing battle to add one more to their home win column.
This really seems like it’s the Clippers game to lose. They average just over 7 PPG more than Philly and have a respectable 15-11 road record. The bottom line is, the Clippers are simply a better team than the 76ers.
LA averages just over 7 PPG more than Philly but they need to focus on scoring early and often. If the Clippers don’t impose their will on this game in the first 12 minutes, the home crowd momentum might be enough to let the 76ers get out to a lead that could be hard for the Clippers to make up later in the game.
The starting power forward matchup between Kawhi Leonard and Tobias Harris is one the Clippers should look to exploit. Besides the fact that Leonard is one of the best defenders in the game, Tobias Harris’ best defensive plus/minus in a season is 0.4. This season, he is -0.1. Kawhi should be able to have his way all night long in this matchup.
76ers & Clippers Facts
1. Patrick Beverly is listed as questionable for this game.
2. New acquired Alec Burk is probably to make his ‘6ers debut.
3. LA’s average scoring margin has been +10.3 in their last 10 games.
4. Philly has a distinct advantage over the Clippers in both offensive and defensive efficiency when they play at home.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Clippers Picks
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The IDPGuys Game Pick – Los Angeles Clippers 113 Philadelphia 76ers 103
10 PT Pick = Kawhi Leonard OVER 30.5 PTS
9 PT Pick = LA Clippers OVER 12.5 Three Pt FGS
8 PT Pick = Ben Simmons UNDER 16.5 PTS