The Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center on Sunday. The Wizards (6-11) come into this matchup losing three of their last four games and it’s easy to understand why. This team is allowing 120 points per game, which is obviously the worst mark in the NBA. Some of it does have to do with their pace though, with this club sitting Top-3 in offensive efficiency. That’s a truly mind-blowing statistic from such a weak roster and it does paint a brighter picture than most would anticipate. Bradley Beal is certainly the major reason why, with the All-Star averaging 28.3 points and 7.1 assists per game this season. That won’t get John Wall back anytime sooner though and this club simply can’t compete with him off the floor. The Clippers (14-6) had some high hopes coming into the year and they haven’t disappointed one bit. In fact, half of their losses have come with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both sidelined, showing just how valuable these guys are to this team. While their numbers have been down since playing together, they still remain one of the most dynamic duos in the NBA. What makes them even scarier is the fact that they have the best bench duo in the NBA too. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have formed a beautiful rapport off the pine and it’s no surprise that they’re so good throughout the full 48-minute game with this dynamic in their favor. These teams have split each of the last three season series against one another. In fact, the home team has prevailed in all six games in that span.
December 1, 2019