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Sportsbooks Can't Set Lines High Enough for the Los Angeles Clippers

You could make the argument that the Los Angeles Clippers are the red-headed stepchild of the NBA's Western Conference. No matter how impressive they are year in and year out, they never quite get the respect they deserve. Sharp hoops bettors would be wise to pay attention to them right now, though.

After opening the season with a 10-1 SU record, the Clippers are the best bet in the Association at 9-2 ATS – covering at a sizzling 81.8 percent clip. Their ATS margin of +9.7 is also tops in the league.

Paced by the NBA’s best defense, the Clippers have been tabbed as favorites in all but one game so far and have gone 8-2 ATS in that span. Doc Rivers’ crew is holding opponents to 92.2 points per game while forcing them to shoot 40.9 percent from the floor, another league low.

Why aren’t more people talking about the Clips? It’s likely a combination of the stacked Golden State Warriors stealing the spotlight out west and Los Angeles’ past postseason failures overshadowing their early stellar play. The Clippers have always been great in the regular season, but they haven’t been able to get through the second round in the playoffs. That could change this year.

Ahead of Wednesday’s home contest with the Memphis Grizzlies, sportsbooks listed the Clippers as hefty 12-point favorites at the time of writing. Don’t let the chalk scare you off, however. Winners of seven straight overall, L.A. has won each of its last three at Staples Center by more than 30 points.

Those triumphs came against Brooklyn (127-95), Portland (111-80) and Detroit (114-82). Twelve points looks like a bargain against the Grizzlies, who are the sixth-worst offensive team in the NBA (97.5 points per game). Memphis is also a measly 1-3 SU on the road after falling to the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks. Back the faves and keep riding this streak while you can.

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