The Clippers have done well with Blake Griffin out of the lineup.
By: Shane Lambert
The Los Angeles Clippers have won nine straight games, eight of them without superstar Blake Griffin. The forward suffered an injury over the Christmas holidays and has not appeared in a game since. However, since Griffin joined the DL his team has gone 8-0, something that has to make you wonder if this club has finally found a groove.
Los Angeles were a team that was expected to challenge for the Pacific Division according to preseason betting odds. However, an unthinkable winning streak out of Golden State to start the season has all but made the Warriors a lock for the division title. Even though the Clippers have won nine straight they have only gained one game on GS in the standings. Presently the Warriors hold a 10.5-game lead over LAC and GS are considered -15000 (1/150) to win the Pacific, odds that have basically no return on even incredibly steep bets.
Although the Clippers are a lengthy 25 to 1 with 888Sport to win the Pacific Division, you have to think that the betting line is only for suckers. GS might not lose eleven more games all season – meaning that even if Los Angeles ran the tables from here on out they could still finish second. Betting angles on this club rest in individual games and in playoff futures.
On that note the Clippers are an attractive 14 to 1 to win the Western Conference with Ladbrokes. If Los Angeles had a couple quality wins over their current winning streak then the betting line would be one that could be taken with confidence. However, their wins are generally against middle-of-the-pack teams, albeit a lot of them on the road.
Ladbrokes offer the betting line each-way, even just for the conference. In this case, it means you can get the Clippers at one-third odds for them just to make it in to the Western Conference finals. I’m not going to call the betting valuable, however it’s one for basketball fans of this Los Angeles team for sure.