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8* Take the LA Clippers (#580)
Here's a list of NBA teams that are currently at least five games Over .500: Milwaukee, Philly, Brooklyn, Utah, the Lakers, Phoenix, the Clippers, Denver and Portland. You can make a case that Dallas and Boston deserve to be on the ‘good list’ as well, despite their mediocre records – both squads have dealt with injuries, but are legit contenders to win a playoff series.
That’s 11 good teams—the rest of the league is mediocre or weak. Milwaukee is one of those 11 ‘good’ teams, so there are only 10 others that they could have faced. Against those ten other ‘good’ teams this season the Bucks have consistently fallen short: 3-11 ATS in 14 previous tries, including a 1-6 ATS mark in their last seven. The only ‘W’ during that span came against these same Clippers, a game LA is likely to remember – they were outscored 9-0 down the stretch; scoreless over the last four minutes of the game, allowing the Bucks to sneak away with the ‘W’. And it’s surely worth noting that the Bucks are 0-fer the season ATS as underdogs. In fact Mike Budenholzer’s last pointspread cover as an underdog came in February 2020; 0-6 ATS in their last six tries as dogs.
The Clippers came out of the All Star Break talking about a sense of urgency – a championship contender that hadn’t spent enough time on the floor together to truly gel. They’ve taken that to heart, winning five straight – all by nine points or more; taking care of business during crunch time. That’s a 5-0 ATS run worth riding tonight. Take the Clippers
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