The Brooklyn Nets (19-38) will attempt to snap their five-game losing streak when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers (28-26) at Barclays Center. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 12, 2018, and will air on YES Network.
The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 218 points with Los Angeles opening as a 6-point favorite.
Los Angeles Clippers at Brooklyn Nets Free Prediction
The Clippers are hoping for a better outcome after their 112-98 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game. Philadelphia’s 11.0 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Los Angeles, who had a mark of 14.0. The 76ers’ mark was better than their season average of 15.0. Los Angeles’ DeAndre Jordan played well, putting up 10 points and 21 rebounds.
In the Nets’ last matchup, they lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, 138-128. One of New Orleans’ biggest strengths was getting to the free throw line. They made 39 trips to the line, while Brooklyn went just 22 times. Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie recorded 24 points and 10 assists in the contest.
The physical Los Angeles offense could be living from the charity stripe in this meeting. The Clippers currently rank fifth in the NBA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.222, while Brooklyn ranks 22nd in FTA rate allowed (0.205).
Los Angeles comes into the contest with records of 28-26 straight up (SU) and 29-24-1 against the spread (ATS). Vegas has typically been fairly accurate when setting the total of Clippers games, with 27 overs compared to 26 unders.
Although Brooklyn has a hard time winning games outright (19-38 SU), they have a respectable record ATS (33-23-1). In opposition of Los Angeles, just over half of Nets games have finished under the total.
Both teams have had a player step their game up over their last five games. Danilo Gallinari (21.6 points and 5.2 rebounds) has been stellar for the Clippers while Dinwiddie (17.8 points, 8.6 assists and 1.2 steals) has made great contributions to the Nets.
After splitting two games last season, these teams will clash for the first time this year. In the most recent matchup, the Nets won 127-122. The Nets had a better free throw rate (0.231 vs. 0.156) and had a better turnover percentage (9.8 vs. 10.6).
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets Odds Pick
Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Clippers, ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Under
Los Angeles is 15-10-1 ATS on the road with 14 unders and 12 overs.
At home, Brooklyn is 15-12-1 ATS with 15 unders and 13 overs.
In games where they allow less than 100 points, Los Angeles is 11-2 and Brooklyn is 11-1.
When reaching 100 points, the Nets are 15-24 and the Clippers are 26-17.
Brooklyn ranks 10th in fast break points allowed per game (10.8) while Los Angeles ranks 29th (14.6).
The Nets average 45.4 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth in the league. The Clippers rank 23rd in rebounds allowed per game (44.4).
Brooklyn ranks second in three pointers allowed per game (25.2) while Los Angeles ranks 20th (29.7).
The Clippers average 49.3 points in the paint per game, which ranks third in the NBA. The Nets rank 20th in points allowed in the paint per game (45.7).
Los Angeles ranks 14th in steals per game (7.9) while Brooklyn ranks 29th (6.1).
The Clippers average 13.3 second chance points per game, which ranks eighth in the league. The Nets rank 23rd in second chance points allowed per game (13.2).
Los Angeles ranks 15th in blocks per game (4.8) while Brooklyn ranks 28th in blocks allowed per game (5.8).
The Clippers rank 16th in points off turnovers per game (16.3) while the Nets rank 29th (14.1).
Brooklyn averages 22.5 assists per game, which ranks 16th in the NBA. Los Angeles ranks 20th in assists allowed per game (23.8).
In their last five games, Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS with 5 unders.
Brooklyn is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games.
The Clippers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.8, up from 0.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Nets have scored an average of 108.0 points per game (2.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 117.4 points per game (7.8 above their season average).
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