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Predictions For Clippers Cavaliers Betting – Clippers Try To Reassert Themselves As March Arrives

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/27/2013 5:45:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are not going to make the playoffs, but they can spoil things for the Los Angeles Clippers, who have fallen behind in the race for home-court advantage in the West.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Cleveland Cavaliers – Friday, March 1
Sport betting line: No line

Why Los Angeles Will Win

If you want to make a winning bet on this game, here's why you might want to pick the Clippers: For one thing, they are simply a better team than Cleveland. The Clippers, with Blake Griffin at the forward spot and promising big man DeAndre Jordan in the middle, have too much power for Cleveland. The guards in this game balance each other out, with Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving being a relative wash, and the same thing happening with Eric Bledsoe of the Clips going up against Dion Waiters of the Cavaliers.

It's in the paint, though, where Cleveland is not likely to have an answer for Los Angeles. There's a reason that a team with the Cavaliers' backcourt – talented as it is – will not make the playoffs, and that's because Cleveland has nobody who can defend or rebound at an elite level. When Anderson Varejao was lost for the remainder of the season a while back, Cleveland lost its one dependable defensive stalwart near the rim. The Clippers will be able to attack the low post and get the kinds of shots they want in this contest, and there's little Cleveland is likely to be able to do about it.

Why Cleveland Will Win

When NFL betting students switch from football and devote analytical attention to this game, they might consider the Cavs for this reason: The Clippers are playing the second end of a back-to-back set, with the previous installment coming Thursday night, Feb. 28, against the Indiana Pacers. Indiana is a high-energy defensive team that should take a lot of energy out of the Clippers. Los Angeles will need to regroup in a hurry and find the ability to stay with Cleveland's guards on switches and other defensive maneuvers.

Because of the Clippers' short turnaround, combined with the fact that Cleveland gets Feb. 28 off, Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving should be able to have a lot of success with dribble penetration. He's likely to be much quicker than Paul in this game, and that will set up so much of what Cleveland hopes to do at the offensive end of the floor. The Cavaliers, who beat Oklahoma City at home, 115-110, a few weeks ago, are in position to win yet another shootout in Ohio. Irving and his teammates get up for these big home games against the brand-name teams in the Western Conference.
The Cavs beat the Lakers at home, and they almost beat San Antonio at home, losing by one point on a three-point shot with 2.3 seconds left in regulation. You can expect Cleveland to bring a big effort to the building against the Clippers. It might be enough to win.

Who Will Win

The Cavaliers will fight the Clippers to the wire in what feels like a one-possession game. Los Angeles will not shake Cleveland in this contest, but it will get a key rebound and exploit the Cavs' weaknesses in the paint. Take the Clips by a bucket.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Los Angeles Clippers



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