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Los Angeles Clippers 2020 Restart - NBA Odds, Picks & Betting Predictions

When the NBA regular season took its hiatus for the coronavirus in mid-march, the Los Angeles Clippers were in second place in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference with an overall record of 44-20. The Clippers at the time trailed the Los Angeles Lakers by 5 ½ games. During the first 64 games of the regular season, the Clippers were 25-7 at home in the Staples Center and 19-13 on the road. Leading up to the break, the Clippers had won seven of their last 10.

Kawhi Leonard is the leading scorer and rebounder for Los Angeles with averages of 26.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The second leading scorer for the Clippers is Paul George with an average of 21.0 points per game, while Lou Williams is the third leading scorer and leader in assists with averages of 18.7 points and 5.7 assists per game. Four players for the Clippers are averaging double-figures in scoring.

Although the Clippers best starting five did not play together more than a handful of games, the Clippers remained just 5 ½ games behind the first place Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference. Kawhi Leonard did not play both games when the Clippers played back-to-backs, Paul George did not play the first 11 games of the season, Patrick Beverley missed time due to injury, and both Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris were acquisitions, during the middle of the season. Leonard and George are averaging over 20 points per game while the third and 4th leading scorers Williams and Montrezl Harrell both come off the bench.

The Clippers have a very talented and deep roster but if there is a downfall it's with injuries. Leonard must be careful and does not play games on successive nights, George was injured early during the season as was Beverley and other players have missed time as well. Although postseason games are usually not played on successive nights, the possibility exists that the Clippers will play back-to-backs in the final games of the regular season and that means Leonard will not play at least one of those two games.

The Los Angeles Clippers are considered by oddsmakers as one of the favorites to win the 2020 NBA title, but are lacking an elite point guard to run the offense. The Clippers have one of the best overall talents in the league in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George is in the top 10, but at point guard and even at the No. 5 position, the Clippers could use more talent. That will come into play once the postseason arrives and Clippers will fall to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

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