7:00 PM ET, November 7, 2013
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
After an increidble scoring surge ended in the opener of their road trip, online sports betting experts consider the Los Angeles Clippers may have a difficult time recovering versus the defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat.
Miami has been a difficult team to beat at home, winning 24 of 25 regular-season games at home dating to last season.
The Heat expected to have Chris Bosh back tonight when they try for their fifth straight home victory versus Los Angeles.
The Clippers (3-2) had been performing high under new coach Doc Rivers, averaging 124.3 points and shooting 50.6 percent from the field — including 36 of 90 from 3-point range — during a three-game winning streak.
Los Angeles put up their highest point total since 2009 when they outran the Houston Rockets 137-118 on Monday, but stumbled mightily in a surprising 98-90 defeat versus the Orlando Magic on Wednesday to open this three-game road swing.
The Clippers finished with season lows in points, field goal percentage (37.9), 3-point shooting (3 for 19) and assists (20). The lack of offense exposed a defense that is allowing a NBA-worst 109.6 points per game and ranks near the bottom in field goal (48.3) and 3-point percentages (40.7).
Chris Paul has gone to post big numbers, finishing with 18 points and 10 assists versus Orlando for his fifth straight double-double. The 28 year-old is averaging career highs of 24.8 points and 12.6 assists through five games.
The Clippers are hoping for a quick turnaround versus the Heat who are looking for their third straight win following a 104-95 win versus the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.
With his game-high 35 points, LeBron James became the fifth player in league history to score 10 or more in 500 consecutive games. He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (787 and 508), Michael Jordan (866), Karl Malone (575) and Moses Malone (526) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
Miami has won four straight at home versus the Clippers by an average of 18.8 points.