AccuScore has the Los Angeles Clippers as solid 87.7 percent favorites Wednesday night as they get set to host the New Orleans Pelicans. With New Orleans coming into L.A. after losing to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, the fatigue and lack of depth should be a big factor, especially in the second half. The Clippers, as a result, have a 60.2 percent chance of covering the -10.5 spread. The average score after 10,000 simulations is: 113-98. The most telling stat of all is that the Clippers got a big win (10 points or more) in approximately 64 percent of their simulated wins. Unless the Clippers just don’t show up to the game for some reason, expect ‘lob city’ to be in full effect on Wednesday.
Ryan Anderson: 23 points (41% FG, 4-10 3PM), 9 rebounds, 1 block
Eric Gordon: 16 points (40% FG), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Jrue Holiday: 16 points (42% FG), 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 TOs
Blake Griffin: 20 points (56% FG), 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block
Chris Paul: 19 points (50% FG), 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 TOs
Jamal Crawford: 18 points (44% FG, 2-5 3PM), 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
What to Watch for
Forward Ryan Anderson is an absolute matchup nightmare for any team in the league. At 6’10”, Anderson has the size and length to compete inside, but also has the range and shot to bring the opposition’s big men out of the paint. Anderson is averaging 28.5 points over the past four road games, but went just 6 for 16 from the field against Golden State on Tuesday. In four matchups with the Clippers last season, Anderson was contained to 12.3 points per game on 31.5 percent shooting from the field. He is projected to get 23 points Wednesday on 41 percent shooting from the field, including 4-of-10 from beyond the arc.
The Clippers should and will get the easy victory Wednesday night. The Pelicans are on the second night of a road back-to-back and will be fatigued by the end of the third quarter. 109-96, LAC.
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