HRWager’s NBA Free Pick ponders how much can the Clippers (12-9) stand up to the physical Bucks (9-13) at the Bradley Center on the 9th. The limitation on LA is that they do not like to be touched or have to fight for position. In a free flowing game, they have few rivals. However, Milwaukee prolongs most possessions and has a strong physical backcourt that reminds one of the Grizz. Will LA cover the five and a half they have to spot to win as a road favorite?
Reason why Michael Carter-Williams is coming off the bench is that he can finish the game strong. A backhanded compliment to his guard which indicates that his fitness is not where it is needed. Depth is lacking for the Bucks right now as Bayless and Enis are missing time with injuries. This might be part of the reason that Milwaukee is suffering in the rebounding department. Their style of play requires a lot of energy and they seem to have hit a wall.
Paul and Riddick are a little sore but the Clippers are the most healthy they have been for a while. Both saw action in Minnesota and JJ came up big with 7 for 7 from the line to salt away the win. Bucks, Bulls, Nets, and Pistons are all to be visited by the 14th. Ah the midwest in the winter. With the distractions of Chicago and NY night life coming up, look for the Clippers to still be focused for their stop at the Bucks.
DeAndre Jordan will have a filed day on the boards. Normally the Clippers would be the auto fade here at – 5.5 but this is an unusual circumstance. Fitness and desire is lacking in Milwaukee. Depth is shallow because of injuries. All of this results in the Clippers putting the hammer down before visiting Chicago. Give the points and take the Clippers for your Free Pick to profit on for 12/9.