NBA Betting Online: Monty Williams said that his players didn’t compete in a loss to Golden State Wednesday night. They must have been saving their energy for Thursday against their old buddy.
The Hornets knocked off Chris Paul and the Clippers by a score of 97-90, which was more than enough to cover the NBA odds as 4.5-point home dogs. They get a chance to make it two in a row against L.A., and possibly three straight wins, after at home date with San Antonio on Saturday.
New Orleans was outrebounded by the Clippers, had nine more turnovers and trailed most of the game Thursday. But the difference was a 58 percent mark from floor compared to L.A.’s 39 percent.
Jarrett Jack had 17 points and nine assists after recording a triple double in Wednesday’s defeat. Jason Smith also added 17 for the home team.
"We just wanted to come out there and play aggressive," Smith said.
Smith was a little too aggressive on one play. He could be suspended for this matchup after drawing a flagrant-2 foul for body-slamming Blake Griffin.
Emeka Okafor and Carl Landry remain out with injuries and starting forward Trevor Ariza left in the third quarter Thursday because of a sore right ankle.
Not even Paul’s return to the Crescent City could pull the Clippers out of their recent funk.
Los Angeles missed its last 19 shots from 3-ponit range to close out Thursday’s contest and it only managed 11 fourth-quarter points. This is the first three-game losing streak of the season for L.A., and things appear to be unraveling at the seams.
A recent report suggested that Vinny Del Negro had lost the locker room. Of course the players are standing by their head coach, but he is to blame.
Del Negro couldn’t get the job done in Chicago and he isn’t the right fit in L.A. either. Overall, he’s looking more and more like a subpar coach in this league. End of game execution has been particularly poor.
"It's getting to be a little bit embarrassing," Paul said.
The Clips have dropped 12 of 19 overall and haven’t reached 100 points in nine straight. The defensive struggles have been present all year but this used to be a potent offense.
Energy wasn’t present Thursday. And when opponents decide to take away Paul late in the game with double teams, nobody is stepping up.
The 97 points scored by New Orleans was an outburst for this offensively-challenged club. It just shows how bad the Clips can be defensively. They rank 23rd in the NBA in defensive efficiency (103.6).
Del Negro has been playing musical chairs with his rotation. Caron Butler did not play Wednesday at Oklahoma City while Randy Foye started. Butler was back in the starting lineup Thursday with nine points in 29 minutes.
Foye’s minutes will increase if Mo Williams misses an extended amount of time. He was helped off the floor in the second half against New Orleans because of a toe injury. X-rays came back negative.
The Clippers look more than lost right now, and a new bench manager may be the only solution to getting back on track.
The NBA odds for this game will first open at BookMaker sportsbook. Expect the Clippers to be pegged as 8.5-point chalk while the total should open in the 182-184 range. Los Angeles is 0-6 ATS in its last six outings. Now you can wager in-game while the action unfolds with BookMaker's live betting option.
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