LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 10: Los Angeles Clippers Guard Paul George (13) and Los Angeles Clippers Center Ivica Zubac (40) look at the official after a foul call during a NBA game between the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Clippers on January 10, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA.The game was played without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire.
- The Los Angeles Clippers are a 3-point home favorite over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at the Staples Center
- Both teams are riding four-game winning streaks
- A look at the 76ers-Clippers matchup along with odds and a pick can be found below
Two of the top teams in the NBA carry four-game winning streaks into their matchup when the Los Angeles Clippers host the Philadelphia 76ers at 10 pm ET Saturday at the Staples Center.
The Clippers (30-16) are third in the Western Conference and coming off a 98-85 road victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night as 1-point favorites. Los Angeles is a 3-point favorite in this one.
The 76ers (32-13) are on top of the Eastern Conference standings and have also won 10 of their last 11 games, including three in a row on their road trip. They won at the Staples Center on Thursday, downing the Lakers 109-101 as 6-point favorites and improving to 7-1 without injured All-Star Joel Embiid (knee).
76ers vs Clippers Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Spread at FanDuel||Total|
|Philadelphia 76ers||+3 (-110)||+124||OFF|
|Los Angeles Clippers||-3 (-110)||-146||OFF|
Odds taken March 26th.
Memorable Night for Green
Prior to Thursday’s game, the 76ers’ Danny Green was presented with his championship ring. He was a bench player for the Lakers last season when they won the NBA title.
A special night for these two. 💍@DwightHoward x @DGreen_14 pic.twitter.com/lh597p7f4e
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 26, 2021
Green then scored 28 points, a point off his season-best, to lead the 76ers. He shot 8-of-12 from three-point range. Green also made a pivotal three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining that put the 76ers on top 107-101 and sealed the win.
Tobias Harris had a solid all-round game as he finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Harris also made 8-of-10 field-goal attempts.
Seth Curry added 19 points after sitting out the previous three games with a sprained left ankle.
19 PTS | 1 REB | 1 AST@sdotcurry came in and picked up right where he left off.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 26, 2021
The Lakers were again shorthanded as LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (calf) are both sidelined by injuries. But, then again, the 76ers didn’t have Embiid.
It was a sloppy game as both teams had 20 turnovers. Matisse Thybulle racked up 4 steals for the 76ers, who were the winning side against the spread for the fourth time in their last five games.
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Jackson Steps Up
Reggie Jackson came up big for the Clippers on Thursday night after Kawhi Leonard was a late scratch because of a sore right foot.
Jackson dropped a season-high 28 points on the Spurs, including 5 three-pointers, in 39:17, which was also a season high. It marked Jackson’s third game of the season with at least 20 points.
📊 28 PTS / 5 3PM / 4 AST / 4 REB
Have a night, @Reggie_Jackson! pic.twitter.com/oqNjT2hxYa
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 26, 2021
The Clippers were also playing without Marcus Morris (bruised right calf), Serge Ibaka (back) and Patrick Beverley (knee). Furthermore, popular veteran Lou Williams was traded earlier in the day to the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Rajon Rondo.
Coach Tyronn Lue said he hasn’t decided whether Rondo will start or play on the second unit.
The Clippers compensated for all the missing bodies with three players finishing with double-doubles. Paul George had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Ivica Zubac added 10 points and 13 rebounds and Terance Mann contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.
It was the second double-double of the season for Mann, who replaced Leonard in the starting lineup. Both have come within the last three games. Mann can be a fiery player.
Luka Doncic and Terence Mann have words then a little dust up, Luka not feelin’ the disrespect…pic.twitter.com/eRrEztUvuA
— Kevin Gray Jr. (@KevinGraySports) October 18, 2019
Zubac notched his ninth double-double of 2020-21 and George recorded his fifth.
The Clippers, who have also won four in a row ATS, shot just 38.2% (34-of-89). However, they held the Spurs to 30 points in the second half and had a commanding 57-39 advantage in rebounds.
Shootout Last Time
The teams are playing for the first time since March 1, 2020 when the Clippers won a 136-130 shootout at home, though they did not cover the 14.5-point spread.
Leonard led the Clippers with 30 points and George had 24. Los Angeles shot 59.2% (45-of-76) from the field and 54.2% (13-of-24) on threes.
Shake Milton scored 39 points for the 76ers and that remains the third-year pro’s career high. He made 7-of-9 attempts from three-point range. Harris added 25 points.
The Clippers are banged up but still winning. With Leonard expected to be back in the lineup, look for them to run their streak to five and have enough in the tank cover the number.
Pick: Clippers -3 (-110)
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