10:35 pm
November 11

Heat @ Clippers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Miami Heat (7-4)

@ Los Angeles Clippers (6-4)


Current odds:

Miami Heat: (+180)

Los Angeles Clippers: (-220)


The spread for the game is Los Angeles by 5 points.

The Clippers expanded their winning ways Tuesday, getting 24 points from Paul George and another 23 from Reggie Jackson in a 117-109 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Nicolas Batum was right behind the leading scorers, hitting six 3-pointers while scoring 22 points.

Los Angeles seems to be settling into a comfort zone without Kawhi Leonard, who is out indefinitely following knee surgery in the offseason. The playing-time chemistry experiment looked bleak when the Clippers were 1-4 to open the season, but George has settled into being a dependable leading man. When the Clippers were struggling through five games, George was inconsistent. He had a pair of 40-plus-point games, but he also had a pair where he scored fewer than 15 points. During the winning streak, he has not scored fewer than 20 in a game and has averaged 25.8.

The Heat will enter off a 120-117 overtime defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. They not only lost the game, but they lost star Jimmy Butler after 12 minutes because of a sprained right ankle. His status for Thursday’s back-to-back remains in the air. Bam Adebayo scored 28 points and Tyler Herro had 27, but the Heat missed five free throws and two 3-point attempts by Herro in the final 50.9 seconds of overtime. Miami led 106-97 with 4:45 remaining in regulation before the Lakers rallied to tie it.

The Heat will be just three days removed from an emotional game against the Denver Nuggets, when a hard foul from Markieff Morris led to a return shove from Denver’s Nikola Jokic. Morris was fined for the foul, and Butler was fined too for escalating tensions. The Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. offered his support on social media after the incident. While Marcus Morris is out of action indefinitely with a knee injury, the brothers can at least catch up in person Thursday.

StreakSmarter Pick
Los Angeles Clippers