The rumours suggest the Los Angeles Clippers are confident in their chances of convincing free-agent-to-be Kawhi Leonard to join their ranks this off-season. Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri would like nothing better than to squash the Clippers like a bug on the sidewalk and keep them at an arm’s distance from his star player.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a 111-101 road victory against the Detroit Pistons as two-point underdogs on Saturday. The Clips improved to 29-24 straight up and against the spread (ATS) with the win.
Two months ago, Los Angeles’ non-Laker hoops team owned a 15-6 record and was first in the Western Conference. Fast forward to February and the Clippers find themselves battling the Kings and Lakers for the final playoff spot.
The Clips are one of the better road bets in the Association this season. They’re 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 away games and 15-11 ATS in their 26 games playing as the guests. The Under is also 10-1 in their last 11 road contests.
The Raptors are in a rut. The team got outclassed on its home floor by the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night and they’ve dropped three of their last four games. Toronto is 0-3 ATS in its last three games and 3-6 ATS in its last nine matchups.
You’d think the extra bit of rest would help the Dinos, but recent results suggest otherwise. The club is just 3-7 against the number when coming off two or three days’ rest.
The Clippers do not have an All-Star but they’re not lacking talent on their roster. Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari were both considerations for All-Star team selections, and Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are both serious candidates for Sixth Man of the Year this season.
Those four players are all capable of causing headaches for the Raptors on Sunday, but local fans will be keeping a close eye on the Clippers rookie point guard. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is Toronto native who is turning some heads around the league with his play in his first season in the league.
LA hopes to solve its All-Star issue by signing Kawhi Leonard in free agency this summer. Clipper personnel have been spotted at numerous Raptor games this season. It’s clear Leonard is their No. 1 target in the off-season.
The Raptors recent play can’t be helping their hopes of convincing Leonard to stay in Toronto. The Drakes are still second in the Eastern Conference but the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics are inching closer.