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Bucks, Clippers, and Lakers NBA Weekend Action

   Bucks, Clippers, and Lakers NBA Weekend Action

November 29, 2019

Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers keep winning, the predictive power rankings at teamrankings now have the LA Clippers ahead of the Lakers in the power ratings. The Bucks still stand atop the NBA power rankings and the NBA odds favorites to win the Eastern Conference.

Let’s have a look at the Top-Three and their weekend games.

No. 1 | The Milwaukee Bucks

The statisticians and algorithms love the Milwaukee Bucks. They get the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, then the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday. Friday and Saturday provide the Bucks with the chance to further their stranglehold on the Eastern Conference by moving to 17-3. They score 119.4 points per game and only allow 110.2. Cleveland is putting up just 104 points per game and allowing a dreadful, 111.7. Milwaukee’s average scoring margin is +9.2. So, they win by nine points per game on average.

The Charlotte Hornets are not terrible, but they are on the wrong side of the playoff relegation line with 7 wins and 12 losses. They point margin is -7.5 as they score less than they give away. As of Thanksgiving Day, they are averaging 105.7 points per game and letting their opponents net 113.2 – pretty bad. The Bucks should be able to slide through Thanksgiving weekend on cruise control and still walk away with two more wins.

No. 2 | Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers take on the Spurs on Friday and their average points scored falls directly in line with the Spurs defense. Right now the Clips are putting up 114.6 points per game and the Spurs are allowing 115.2. So, we should expect the Clips to score into the middle one-hundred-and-teens on San Antonio. On the flip side, the Clips are only letting their adversaries score 107.5 per game. So, with the Spurs putting up just under 112 per game, we should expect them to land around the 109 to 110 points area. However, the game is being played in San An, so this won’t be an easy victory for the Clippers, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Spurs pulled out the win – I doubt they will, but it wouldn’t be shocking.

On Sunday they’ll take on the Wizards in Washington who are currently in 9th place out east and looking to improve their record to slide into that 8th spot. The 6-10 Wizards score a lot of points. The problem is they allow a lot too. Right now they are averaging 119.4 per game but allowing 120.8. So, they have had some heartbreakingly close losses this season, essentially, just not making those clutch plays when they need them the most. Washington has to play the Lakers on Friday, then they get a day off to travel back to D.C. and prepare for the other LA.

No. 3 | Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are the real deal. I myself had wondered about the social experiment they were creating over there with LBJ, Anthony Davis, Boogie – even though Boogs is out– Dwight Howards, and crew. But it’s working out. They are the best defensive team in the league when at home, allowing just 96.67 points per game and the No. 3 defense in any situation. The Wizards high-scoring offense is going to meet with an impenetrable wall in LA. If they break one-hundred-and-five points, I’ll be surprised. Meanwhile, the Lakers put up a respectable 109 points per game at the Staples Center. But with the Wizards leaky defense, we should expect the Lakers to break into the 116-plus points range.

On Sunday the Lakers will face a different kind of test in the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs are up and coming and right now, sitting in 5th place out west. They play insanely well on the road, averaging 121 points per game in other team’s arenas. And defensively they are pretty good, averaging 110 points per game allowed, and just 114 per game in the road. The Laker recently beat the Mavericks in Dallas, so you can bet that Doncic, Prozingis, and crew will be looking for some revenge. This is going to be a close game, and one worth watching this Sunday. The Lakers just might lose their third game of the season … maybe.

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