The daily NBA preview takes it to the rim as the Washington Wizards look to spring an upset against the LA Clippers.
14:30 (AEDT), Mon 2nd Dec @ Staples Center, Los Angeles
History: Played 127: Wizards 80 V Clippers 47
Last meeting: November 20, 2018: Wizards 125 d Clippers 118 at Capital One Arena
Final Thoughts: The Washington Wizards confront their second daunting Los Angeles assignment in the space of three days.
The 6-11 Wizards went down 125-103 to the Lakers, whose defence blunted the visitors’ high-producing offence. Bradley Beal top-scored with a modest 18 points.
But the Wizards have shown recent signs of life in what has been widely predicted as a train-wreck season with John Wall sidelined. They won four of their previous seven games, including road victories over the Timberwolves and Suns.
Linchpin Beal is averaging 28.3 points and 7.1 assists on the season.
The 14-6 Clippers have edged up to third in the Western Conference after winning seven of their last eight. But a handy streak ended with a listless 107-97 loss to the Spurs two days ago. It was a disappointing way to end a road trip that had featured wins over the Mavericks (114-99) and Grizzlies (121-119).
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams are all averaging comfortably over 20 points per game.
The last seven clashes between these sides were won by the home team. The Wizards have lost a staggering 11 straight against the Clippers at Staples Center.
The Clippers had nine double-digit scorers in a 136-104 home win over the Wizards last season.
The Clippers are a dominant 11-1 at home this season. The Wizards are 3-7 on the road.
Washington boasts one of the highest-scoring offences in the NBA, but defensively they are one of the league’s worst. The Clippers are top-10 on both sides of the ball and should take this one out comfortably.
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