Last Updated: 2018-08-23
The 2017-18 season was quite turbulent for the Los Angeles Clippers who decided to trade their franchise icon Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris and start the painful rebuilding process. The Clippers finished 10th in the Western Conference and second in the Pacific Division with a 42-40 record (22-19 at home, 20-21 on the road), missing the NBA Playoffs for the first time in the last seven years.
The futures and props on the Clippers for the 2018-19 NBA season are already available on BetDSI Sportsbook, so let’s take a closer look at all important news and see what can the bettors expect from the Clippers this year.
Los Angeles Clippers Futures Odds
Win Total Over/Under at 35.5: Over -120; Under +100
To Win the Pacific Division at +10000
To Win the Western Conference at +11000
To Win the NBA Championship at +35000
To Make NBA Playoffs: YES +500, NO -800
Los Angeles Clippers Player Movement
Draft: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 11 Pick), Jerome Robinson (No. 13 Pick)
Added: Luc Mbah a Moute (free agency, Houston Rockets), Mike Scott (free agency, Washington Wizards), Marcin Gortat (trade with Washington Wizards)
Lost: DeAndre Jordan (signed with Dallas Mavericks), Austin Rivers (traded to Washington Wizards), Sam Dekker (traded to Cleveland Cavaliers), C.J. Williams (waived)
Unrestricted Free Agents: None
The Clippers added some fresh blood at the 2018 NBA Draft, acquiring Shai Gilgeous-Alexander via the Charlotte Hornets’ 11th overall pick, and selecting Jerome Robinson with the 13th overall pick to fortify their roster with a couple of backcourt players.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a 6’6 tall guard who played one season at Kentucky averaging 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists. He was the team’s leader in assists and the second-best scorer, playing exceptionally well on both ends of the floor. Has a solid jump shot, while he loves to attack the rim, but Gilgeous-Alexander is also a great perimeter defender thanks to his quickness and length. On the other side, Jerome Robinson is a combo guard who spent three years at the Boston College, establishing himself as one of the most prolific scorers in the ACC. In his junior season, Robinson led the Eagles in points per game (20.7) while shooting 48.5% from the field and 40.9% from beyond the arc. He’s dangerous both off and on the ball, and could be used as a spot-up shooter in his rookie season with the Clippers. Robinson is a solid defender, especially in one-on-one situations, but lacks length to guard multiple positions.
The Clippers made some changes in their roster this summer, including DeAndre Jordan’s departure after 10 years in the Lob City. Actually, the Lob City doesn’t exist anymore, and the Clippers started a painful job of finding the new identity after losing all their All-Stars in the last 12 months. Jordan played 77 games last season, setting his career high with 15.2 rebounds per game and 58.0% shooting from the free-throw line while nailing 12.0 points on 64.5% shooting from the field. Along with Jordan who joined the Mavericks on a one-year deal, the Clippers lost Austin Rivers who’s been traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for the experienced center Marcin Gortat.
Rivers lost his place in the Clippers’ backcourt, while Gortat should have an important role at center. The Polish veteran will enter his 12th season in the league, spending the previous five in Washington where he averaged 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Gortat is a good screen setter and a solid defender, while he started in all 164 regular-season games in the last couple of years. The Clippers also signed the 31-year old wingman Luc Mbah a Moute to strengthen their defense after having a lot of problems at the perimeter. This will be his second spell with the Clippers, as Mbah a Moute spent the previous season in Houston, averaging 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 25.6 minutes per game.
Los Angeles Clippers 2018-19 Roster
The Clippers will start the season without superstars in their roster, but the head coach Doc Rivers can pick up from a really talented core. At point guard, he can count on Patrick Beverly, Milos Teodosic, and the rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who should get some minutes off the bench. Beverly missed 71 games last season after undergoing the right knee surgery, so his return should be a huge boost for the Clippers. The 30-year old combo guard is a proven defender and a great danger from beyond the arc, but we’ll see whether the surgery affected his confidence.
Milos Teodosic had a solid rookie season, averaging 9.5 points and 4.6 assists per game, but he also struggled with injuries to miss 37 games. Avery Bradley appeared in only six games since arriving from Detroit due to problems with a hernia, and his return on the floor will be essential for the Clippers. Last year, Bradley played 40 games for the Pistons, averaging 15.0 points and 2.1 assists on 40.9% shooting from the field.
One man made a huge profit on all these injuries among the Clippers’ backcourt players, as the 31-year old shooting guard Lou Williams earned the 2018 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, playing on the All-Star level during the most of the season. Williams played in 79 games to record 22.6 points and 5.3 assists in 32.8 minutes per game while shooting 43.5% from the field and 35.9% from beyond the arc. He had four 40-point games, and on January 10th, Lou delivered 50 points against the Golden State Warriors in a 125-106 victory on the road.
Danilo Gallinari is another guy who had serious injury problems last season, appearing in 21 games to record 15.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on a 39.8% shooting from the field. The 30-year old Italian wingman should have an important role in this term, especially at the offensive end where the Clippers’ fans expect a lot from Gallinari.
Tobias Harris should be the starting power forward after playing 32 games last season since he’s arrived from the Detroit Pistons. Harris played very well in the finish of the season, averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 34.5 minutes per game, shooting 47.3% from the field and hitting 41.4% of his 3-pointers. Montrezl Harrell will be an important part of the Clippers rotation, as the dynamic forward was brilliant last season, recording 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, mostly coming off the bench.
Players Under Contract:
Patrick Beverley (PG), Milos Teodosic (PG), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG)
Avery Bradley (SG), Lou Williams (SG), Jerome Robinson (SG)
Danilo Gallinari (SF), Luc Mbah a Moute (SF), Wesley Johnson (SF)
Tobias Harris (PF), Mike Scott (PF), Montrezl Harrell (PF)
Marcin Gortat (C), Boban Marjanovic (C)
Win Total Prediction and Betting Picks
After having so many injury problems during the previous season, the Clippers just want to stay healthy for the 2018-19 campaign. They lost DeAndre Jordan, so the bookies are not impressed with the current roster, setting the line on the total win at 35.5 games, although the Clippers won 42 in the last term. If they avoid injuries and find the way to play better defense than last year, the Clippers should surpass the 35-win mark for at least a few victories. Their defensive work should be key, as they had the 11th worst defensive rating last year, allowing 110.2 points per 100 possessions.
Doc Rivers is a great coach and a one-time NBA Championship winner who knows to organize the things, and that is why +500 odds on the Clippers to reach the playoffs sound quite strange. The competition in the Western Conference is stiffer than ever, but at +500 on 5Dimes Sportsbook, the Clippers could bring some nice profit. On the other hand, the Clippers will certainly fail to win the Pacific Division at +10000, but they should be a tough opponent to beat in the 2018-19 NBA season.
The Pick: Over 35.5 (-120)
Prediction: 11th in the Western Conference
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