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The LA Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks face off to showcase the strengths between two of the top teams in each conference. The LA Clippers currently rank fourth in the West with a 29-25 overall record and a 15-14 road record. The Milwaukee Bucks are second in the East with a 34-17 overall record and a 21-5 home record.
This will be the first time the LA Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks meet this season. Last year they split their regular season series 1-1, however, these teams have split their last 10 games 5-5. Milwaukee will have home court advantage in this matchup.
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|LA Clippers||Head-to-Head||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Tyronn Lue||Head Coach||Mike Budenholzer|
|29-25 (4th in West)||Standing||34-17 (2nd in East)|
|113.2 (24th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.3 (23rd of 30)|
|113.1 (10th of 30)||Def Rtg||111.0 (4th of 30)|
|97.4 (25th of 30)||Pace||100.0 (4th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|P. George (23.3)||PPG||G. Antetokounmpo (31.8)|
|I. Zubac (10.2)||RPG||G. Antetokounmpo (12.2)|
|P. George (5.4)||APG||J. Holiday (7.2)|
|P. George (1.5)||SPG||J. Holiday (1.4)|
|I. Zubac (1.3)||BPG||B. Lopez (2.5)|
|M. Brown (.635)/P. George (8.1)||FG%/FGM||G. Antetokounmpo (.536)/G. Antetokounmpo (11.2)|
|L. Kennard (.453)/P. George (2.9)||3P%/3PM||J. Carter (.404)/J. Holiday (2.3)|
|John Wall||LA Clippers||15 Jan 2023||Out (Abdominal)||Wall suffered an abdominal strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.|
|Marcus Morris||LA Clippers||31 Jan 2023||Day to Day (Rib)||Morris was OUT for LA's Tuesday (Jan. 31) game.|
|Serge Ibaka||Milwaukee Bucks||14 Jan 2023||Out (Personal)||Ibaka is yet to re-join the team since they returned from their road trip.|
|Bobby Portis||Milwaukee Bucks||25 Jan 2023||Out (Knee)||Portis is expected to miss at least two weeks with an MCL sprain.|
The Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers are sure to put on a hard-fought performance when they face off on Thursday night. The Bucks have won five games in a row and have now found victory in seven of their last 10 games. The LA Clippers won their last game and also have gone 7-3 over their last 10 matches.
The Bucks are a strong defensive team, allowing just 111.9 points per game (7th in the NBA) on 45.5% from the field (4th in the NBA) and 35.0% from three (7th in the NBA). Over the course of their five-game win streak, the Bucks have held opponents to 117.0 points on 44.7% from the field while scoring 131.4 points on 50.5% themselves. The Clippers also thrive on their defence, holding teams to 110.5 points per game (3rd in the NBA) on 46.7% from the field (10th in the NBA) and 35.7% from three (13th in the NBA). Their defence was excellent in their last game, a win over the Bulls, as they held their opponents to just 103 points while forcing 20 turnovers.
We're taking the Bucks in this matchup both due to their defence as well as their lethality from the three-point line. Yes, the Clippers are a very talented defensive team in their own right, but their offence doesn't project to be able to keep up. On top of the fact that LA is allowing 12.6 threes on 42.6% efficiency over their last five games, expect the Bucks to have the advantage.
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Neither the LA Clippers nor the Milwaukee Bucks are what you call offence-oriented teams, but both of them retain one of the league's most impressive defences. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging a combined points total of 226.2 points per game on a plus-2.4 differential. The LA Clippers are averaging a combined 221.1 points per game on a plus-0.1 differential.
Milwaukee have been on a five-game win streak where they've averaged a combined 248.4 points per game while clearing 230.0 in four of those five contests - it helps that their defence hasn't been totally locked in. LA have gone 4-1 over their last five games, averaging a combined points total of 230.2 points per game, while clearing 230.0 in three of those five contests. Regular season form suggests these teams won't clear 230.0, but the recent form says they will - which way should you go?
We're leaning toward the under in this matchup, as these two championship-hopeful teams are sure to rely on their defence more than their offence. While the Clippers have been much more vulnerable from three-point range as of late, they allow teams just 11.9 from deep on the season. Expect the Clippers and Bucks to regress back to their averages and fall short of 230.0.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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