• Analysis: Clippers Trade Blake Griffin to Pistons

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    Blake Griffin Traded to Detroit - Analysis

    The biggest trade during this NBA season sent shock waves through the Association, as the LA Clippers traded their biggest star Blake Griffin, along with Brice Johnson and Willie Reed to the Detroit Pistons for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic as well as first and second round draft picks. Harris and Bradley were starting in Detroit and it is expected that they’ll be starting for the Clippers now.

    Even though these kinds of trades have long-term impact that go beyond a single season, Accuscore simulated rest of the season before and after the trade to compare the immediate impact of this trade on both teams for the remainder of the season. Both teams are in a playoff race. Detroit is currently just below a playoffs spot at 9th in the Eastern Conference. That is an exactly same position where the LA Clippers sit in the Western Conference.

    The simulations before the trade gave the Clippers 63% chances of reaching the playoffs, which was higher than Detroit’s 40% probability for a postseason berth.

    The simulations after the trade don’t show dramatic improvements for either team. Actually, both teams look to have lower probabilities to reach the playoffs this season. The postseason probability for the Detroit Pistons look to be just under 38%. For the LA Clippers same number drops to 61%.

    Clearly, both teams did not make this trade for its impact on the current season alone. This is a long-term move by both organizations, and AccuScore's simulations only further confirm that fact.

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  • NBA Monday Night: Analyst's Top 2 Picks

    Written by Rohit Ghosh

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    NBA Monday Night: Analyst Picks

    Monday night features a pair of games that should attract some wagering action, as the Golden State Warriors head to Oklahoma City in Game No. 1 followed by the LA Clippers hosting the NY Knicks.

    GSW @ OKC

    The Warriors opened as 4-point favorites, with the total set at 219.5. At the time of publication, the Warriors are 2-point favorites, with the total up to 221.

    Warriors Betting Trends

    • Golden State is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games against a team with a winning record.
    • Golden State is 1-7 ATS in its last eight road games and 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games overall.
    • The UNDER is 35-16 in Golden State's last 51 road games.

    Thunder Betting Trends

    • Oklahoma City is 4-0 ATS in its last four games against a team with a winning record.
    • OKC is 20-6-1 ATS in its last 27 home games.
    • OKC is 5-0 ATS in its last five games overall.

    NYK @ LAC

    The Clippers will look to build from their dominating 108-78 victory over the Cavaliers Saturday as they head into Monday's matchup vs New York as an 11-point favorite. The total is set at 215.5.

    Knicks Betting Trends

    • New York is 1-4 ATS in its last five road games.
    • New York is 0-5 ATS in its last five games following a loss of more than 10 points.
    • New York is 1-4 ATS in its last five games overall

    Clippers Betting Trends
    • LA is 2-5 ATS in its last seven home games.
    • LA is 0-6 ATS in its last six games against a team with a losing record
    • LA is 1-4 ATS in its last five games overall.

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  • NBA Monday: Celtics Vs. Clippers

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    Monday Night Basketball: Boston Celtics vs LA Clippers

    The Los Angeles Clippers look to keep things going back at home as they host Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics Monday night at STAPLES Center.

    The Celtics are coming off a tough 109-106 loss in Phoenix Sunday afternoon and a coast-to-coast 115-95 victory of the LA Lakers Friday night. The Suns' Tyler Ulis connected on a buzzer-beater following a steal -- turnover charged to Isaiah Thomas -- as Phoenix (+4.5, +160) scored five points in the final four seconds to stun Boston. With no OT following Eric Bledsoe's initial game-tying layup and Ullis' three, the UNDER hit.

    Boston Celtics vs LA Clippers

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    The Clippers head into Monday night's matchup following a convincing 101-91 road win over the Chicago Bulls Saturday night.

    LA is a 5-point favorite, with the total set at 216.

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    What to Watch For

    Defense with Isaiah: For all the attention IT's offense has received, it's been the exact opposite when debating his defensive impact. He's ranked one of the worst individual defenders in the league, and the Celtics had a 120 defensive rating with Thomas on the floor vs the Suns. The Clippers -- especially Chris Paul -- will feast Monday night.

    Defending the 3-point line: The Celtics connected on 16 three-pointers in their 107-102 victory over the the Clippers in February -- in Boston. The Clippers are No. 9 in the league in opponent three-point percentage, and No. 10 in the league in opponent three-pointers made per game. Last time around, the Celtics made (16) about six-to-seven more shots from the three-point line than the Clippers normally give up.

    FTs and FGs: Keep an eye on how many free throws the Celtics get, especially in the first half. If there's one defensive category the Clippers struggle with is defending without fouling. LA is No. 18 in the league in opponent free-throws attempted per field goal attempted.

    Betting Trends

    • The Celtics are 1-7 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 games against Pacific division opponents.
    • The Celtics are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games against the Clippers.
    • The Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games.
    • The Clippers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on one day of rest.

    Final Word

    The Clippers -- prior to the win in Chicago -- were visibly frustrated with their play and made it clear the direction of this season needs to improve. Boston will be playing on the second night of a road back-to-back. Clippers cover, easily.