Larry Ness' Weekly Wipeout Winner: 17-5-1 s/Feb 12: Larry's 49-26-1 or 48-26-2 with all NBA releases Y-T-D. After a 2-0 NBA weekend sweep, he's on a 17-5-1 run s/Feb 12. His Wipeout Winners have lived up to that moniker (32-14 in all sports s/Dec 23) and his Saturday Weekend Wipeout Winner (Ut/Chi Over) covered by almost 30 points! "Don't get caught on the sidelines!"
Game: Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Clippers Mar 12 2012 10:35PM
Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: My 9* Weekly Wipeout Winner is on the LA Clippers at 10:35 ET.
I played the Celtics and Lakers over on Sunday and caught a fairly easy win. I talked about Boston’s poor road play (now 1-7 SU on the road since Feb 1 with the lone win being a non-cover at Cleveland), as well as its struggles to score away from Boston (had averaged a woeful 81.3 PPG prior to Sunday's game). I went over, because Boston had been playing well since the break, save that lone AWFUL game at Philly last Wednesday (more on that in a minute), with the Big Three showing some ‘life’ (Pierce was averaging 21.6 since the break, KG 16.0-9.1 and Allen, 15.7, entering Sunday’s contest). I also noted that Rondo (13.9-4.9-10.0) was averaging 11.3 APG since the break and Bass (11.7-5.8) has done a solid job all season. Boston’s trouble is its lack of depth but Sunday’s game was the team's first of a season-high eight-game road trip and none of the starters had played too many minutes in either last Wednesday's blowout loss at Philly or the team's blowout home win over the Blazers (Friday). Much of what I called for came true, as Rondo led the way with 24 points and 10 assists while the other four starters all topped double digits, scoring between 13 and 17 points. The bench however, totaled a modest 11 points. Boston’s is no longer a tough team inside, as Bynum and Gasol combined for 33 points and 27 rebounds. Now Boston doesn’t have to leave town, as the Lakers' co-tenants (the Clippers), will be the host team tonight against the Celtics, coming off 97-93 loss in Staples Center vs the the Warriors (late last night). The Clippers currently find themselves at 23-16, even in the loss column with the Lakers but two behind them in the win column (Lakers are 25-16). Billups (15.0) was lost for the year back on Feb 6 and the team is 8-10 since. Foye (9.4) has stepped in at Builups’ spot and has averaged just barely under 12.0 PPG. Paul (20.3-8.4 APG) has been terrific but third guard Mo Williams (13.8) is equally capable of shooting the Clippers out of a win, as he is in helping the team win. Butler (13.8-3.8) is very good at the SF spot but Jordan (7.4-8.8) just doesn’t seem to be getting much better at center. Kenyon Martin has averaged 5.8-4.3 in his 15 games (team is 7-8 when he plays) but he’s missed the last three with a nagging injury and I’m of the belief he’s WAY past his prime. Of course, I haven’t forgotten Blake Griffin, who leads the ertam in scoring (21.4), rebounding (11.2) and highlight reel dunks! I’m NOT a huge believer in this Clipper team and expect the Lakers (despite all their woes), will still win the Pacific Division. However, coming off a home loss in which the Clippers missed 16 of 35 free throws vs the Warriors (team is NOT a good free-throw shooting one but last night’s 54.1% is far below its 69.1% rate for the season), I do expect the Clippers to play well here. Helping out the play on the Clippers is the fact that the Celtics are in a HUGE negative scheduling spot. I warned in yesterday’s write-up that there could (should) be a number of excellent opportunities to go against Boston on its eight-game trip and Sunday wasn’t one of them, which is why I went over (note: Boston covered the game). However, tonight IS one of those spots, as the Celtics are 0-6 SU & ATS when the second game of back-to-back contests is on the road. Plus, it’s not as if the Celtics have come close, as they’ve lost those six games by an average margin of 16.3 PPG!