Shane Lambert looks at the strong start made by the Los Angeles Clippers and he thinks they are a solid bet for Pacific Division and Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Clippers are a team to be sprinkled when it comes to NBA ante-post. The Clippers have started the season strong at 7-1 and currently sit in first place in the Pacific Division. Their ability to win the division will certainly be put to the test over the long run, however they also have lengthy odds when it comes to divisional ante-post betting.
The Clippers are 12/1 with 888Sport to win the Pacific thanks to the presence of the heavy favorites, the Golden State Warriors, in the same market. The Warriors themselves are off to a strong start at 6-2, however the two losses look like a huge total already just because of last season. Even casual NBA fans will remember their huge streak to start last year and their ultimately record-setting regular season. Presently you can do no better than 1/25 on the Warriors to win the Pacific (William Hill), odds that are good for nothing except for a whole bunch of sweating if things get close. Even a hefty 1000-unit bet would only return 40 for profit.
If you are a Clippers' backer then you have to like headlines like one found at November 10th at NBA.com: "Curry gives Warriors a scare after tweaking his ankle vs. Dallas." A "scare" or tweak doesn't mean that he has been injured, however I would not be surprised to see Curry miss more than 15 games this season. The Warriors have depth to deal with attrition, but let's not pretend that the Los Angeles Clippers don't.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are both near 20-points-per-game averages so far through eight games. Griffin is averaging a double-double so far as he has 10.1 boards per game too. Paul is off the double-double pace, but he still has 8.4 assists per game. JJ Redick, Marreese Speights, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford, and Austin Rivers are all capable of double digits for scoring on any given night. Each of them currently averages between 11.8 points per game and 9.1 points per game, providing a measure of injury insurance on this team.
I do have concerns with Griffin and Paul lasting the whole season. However, 12 to 1 and a hot start mitigates the concerns for me. I think you bet against Golden State here, even in recognition of the fact that it's still early in the season. 12/1 vs. 1/25 speaks for itself. In another market, I see no good reason not to take the Clippers at 14/1 to win the western conference with BetVictor. In fact beating Golden State in the playoffs might be easier than beating them over a lengthy regular season.
2-pt bet on the Los Angeles Clippers to win the NBA's Pacific Division at 12/1 with 888Sport
2.5-pt bet on the Clippers to win the Western Conference at 14/1 with BetVictor