Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Clippers 1/29/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Clippers 1/29/23
Sun 29th January 2023

The Los Angeles Clippers (28-24, 14-13 Away) head to face the Cleveland Cavaliers (30-21, 20-5 Home) Sunday in what should be a low-scoring game. Los Angeles is playing the second of a back-to-back after defeating the Atlanta Hawks 120-113 at State Farm Arena yesterday, their fifth consecutive win.

With 32 points and eight rebounds, Kawhi Leonard led the way. The Clippers are the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Cleveland came up short on Friday at Paycom Center, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-100. Darius Garland had 31 points and 13 assists in the loss, leading the team.

The Cavaliers are fifth in the Eastern Conference. It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams. Los Angeles will be looking for a season sweep against Cleveland after earning the win in the only earlier game 119-117 at Arena in November 2022. Paul George led the Clippers with 26 points.

Donovan Mitchell had 30 points in the loss.Norman Powell is averaging 16.3 points per game to lead the Clips in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Ivica Zubac is grabbing 10.2 rebounds per game, eighth-most in the NBA, and Reggie Jackson is dishing 3.6 assists. Mitchell’s 28.3 points per game have powered the Cavs on offense. He has the ninth-best scoring average in the league.

Garland is distributing 8.1 assists per game, fifth-most in the league, and Jarrett Allen is collecting 9.7 rebounds per game. Half-court execution will likely be the difference in this matchup that showcases two of the NBA’s slowest-paced teams, as the Cavaliers are 30th in possessions per game while the Clippers are 26th.

The teams have split their last 10 clashes at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (5-5). Los Angeles is seeking a fifth straight win away from Arena this season. Meanwhile, the Clippers are 3-7 this season when playing two days in a row and 1-7 in such games against opponents with at least a day of rest.

The Cavaliers are 3-4 with a rest advantage. In the last 10 games, Los Angeles is 7-3 with an average margin of +7.0 (118.4-111.4). For the season, the Clippers are averaging 110.9 points per game, compared to 110.5 for opponents. Cleveland has a 4-6 record over the last 10, scoring 110.6 points per game on average while allowing 109.1 (+1.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Kawhi Leonard: 41.4 | 30.3 | +11.1
Marcus Morris Sr.: 13.3 | 19.1 | -5.8
Points per game:
Kawhi Leonard: 30.0 | 20.6 | +9.4
Marcus Morris Sr.: 9.3 | 12.9 | -3.5
Assists per game:
Kawhi Leonard: 4.8 | 3.8 | +1.0


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Kevin Love: 10.3 | 17.1 | -6.8
Points per game:
Evan Mobley: 22.2 | 15.3 | +6.9
Rebounds per game:
Kevin Love: 3.7 | 6.8 | -3.2
Assists per game:
Donovan Mitchell: 8.0 | 4.8 | +3.2

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Cleveland Cavs (-190)

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