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NBA: 'Paper' Clips a money maker

Nov 18, 2008 7:02 PM
by Mark Mayer |

Good and bad are most acceptable in betting, just don’t be mediocre. No worries with the Los Angeles Clippers. They are delightfully bad – no, horrible.

Through the first 10 games of the NBA season, the poor stepchild to the Los Angeles Lakers, are 1-9 against the spread including Monday’s defeat to San Antonio and losing by an average margin of over 14 points. Of course, as we said, being very bad constitutes to big bucks if you’ve been on the bandwagon against the Clippers.

What’s gone wrong for the "Paper" Clips? Well, a 1-7 home record is a good starting point. Also Baron Davis, acquired in the offseason from Golden State, has basically carried the load alone. Davis recently had three straight double-doubles, but the offense has only averaged around 88 points per game. Defensively, the Clippers give up about 102.

And there’s more good news. Plenty of betting opportunities are available to wager against the Clippers over the next two weeks. LA heads on the road for three (at Oklahoma City, Philadelphia and New Jersey) then returns home to face three .500 or better teams – New Orleans, Denver and Miami.

Among the haves as far as winning cover teams try Milwaukee, which heads the pack at 8-3 against the number. Other early money winners have been Atlanta (6-2-1 ATS), Cleveland (7-3), Denver (7-3) and the LA Lakers (6-2). Oddly, the defending world champion Boston Celtics are 9-2 overall, but just 4-7 against the spread.