Clippers vs. 76ers Prediction

NBA Predictions: Are Clippers a safe bet to cover vs. 76ers? 1/24/17

The Clippers are small road favorite versus the 76ers tonight in Philadelphia. Are they a good bet to cover?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Clippers are now 4.5-point road favorites versus the Sixers after opening as a 2-point favorite. The total, meanwhile, is sitting at 204 points after hitting the board at 199.

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Blake Griffin is listed as probable for tonight's game versus the 76ers. With Chris Paul sidelined for the next five or six weeks due to a thumb injury, Griffin's return will be a huge boost for the Clippers. He's missed 18 straight games for Los Angeles but was averaging 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steals before suffering a knee injury.

The 76ers will be without Joel Embiid tonight but could get he back on Friday when the team plays the Rockets. Jahlil Okafor, meanwhile, was limited in a shoot-around today and is officially questionable with a knee injury. He had previously been listed as probable but is now in danger of missing the game tonight.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Clippers have covered in eight of nine games against the Sixers and are 4-1 at the betting window in their last five games in Philadelphia. The Clippers have also covered in seven of their last 10 games overall and are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games coming off a win. The return of Griffin should energize a Clippers team that has been trying to get by without its two stars. With the Sixers still banged up themselves, 4.5 points is a small number to lay on the better team.




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