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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 2/28/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




LA CLIPPERS (41 - 18) at INDIANA (36 - 21)
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Thursday, 2/28/2013 7:05 PM
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LA CLIPPERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games41-18+133-2631-27100.551.247.4%50.793.947.643.8%48.7
Road Games18-12+315-1515-1597.849.046.3%51.494.747.844.2%48.9
Last 5 Games4-1+13-23-2106.856.249.7%48.498.250.646.8%45.0
LA CLIPPERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)100.551.238-8147.4%7-2036.1%17-2470.3%5112232110146
vs opponents surrendering98.649.537-8345.2%7-2035.8%17-2275.2%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)97.849.037-8046.3%7-1934.5%17-2568.9%5112212010145
Stats Against (All Games)93.947.634-7843.8%7-2037.0%18-2475.1%491122218164
vs opponents averaging98.349.437-8245.2%7-2035.8%17-2275.8%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)94.747.834-7844.2%8-2039.8%18-2474.5%491121228154

INDIANA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games36-21+7.433-2425-3294.046.343.4%54.689.644.741.3%50.6
Home Games24-5+9.819-1014-1598.650.144.0%56.688.444.940.4%50.6
Last 5 Games5-0+55-03-2107.655.249.0%57.883.841.435.5%51.8
INDIANA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)94.046.335-8143.4%7-1935.4%17-2374.1%551321207147
vs opponents surrendering98.249.437-8245.3%7-2035.9%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)98.650.136-8244.0%8-2040.0%18-2574.1%571422207147
Stats Against (All Games)89.644.734-8241.3%5-1632.0%16-2176.1%511119218136
vs opponents averaging97.448.937-8244.8%7-2036.0%17-2275.1%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)88.444.933-8340.4%5-1730.3%17-2275.3%511218237136
Average power rating of opponents played: LA CLIPPERS 95.7,  INDIANA 94.8
LA CLIPPERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/21/2013@ GOLDEN STATE99-106L-4.5L197.5O38-8345.8%481439-7552.0%4517
1/22/2013OKLAHOMA CITY97-109L2.5L201O39-8446.4%481041-7852.6%4216
1/24/2013@ PHOENIX88-93L-6.5L190.5U33-8339.8%531530-7142.3%5714
1/26/2013@ PORTLAND100-101L0L190.5O40-8149.4%471535-7546.7%3914
1/30/2013@ MINNESOTA96-90W-4.5W189U35-7745.5%591533-7544.0%4613
2/1/2013@ TORONTO73-98L-4L193U25-7234.7%521438-8146.9%5612
2/3/2013@ BOSTON104-106L-1.5L182.5O40-7950.6%482036-7250.0%3717
2/4/2013@ WASHINGTON90-98L-3L187.5O37-7946.8%512037-8444.0%5112
2/6/2013@ ORLANDO86-76W-5W184U33-8240.2%601430-8734.5%5818
2/8/2013@ MIAMI89-111L3.5L193O34-7744.2%441836-6852.9%4413
2/10/2013@ NEW YORK102-88W3.5W192U41-8051.2%511433-7444.6%3816
2/11/2013@ PHILADELPHIA107-90W-5W185O44-7558.7%501335-8441.7%4613
2/14/2013@ LA LAKERS125-101W-4W201O46-8951.7%501438-7550.7%4316
2/21/2013SAN ANTONIO90-116L-4.5L201O32-7642.1%391843-7358.9%4517
2/28/2013@ INDIANA              
3/1/2013@ CLEVELAND              
3/3/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/7/2013@ DENVER              

INDIANA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/21/2013@ MEMPHIS82-81W6W170.5U34-6949.3%432035-8342.2%4515
1/23/2013@ PORTLAND80-100L1L181.5U30-8037.5%391344-7856.4%5015
1/26/2013@ UTAH110-114L2L183O44-8154.3%462144-8353.0%3614
1/28/2013@ DENVER101-102L5.5W193.5O39-8545.9%491837-7847.4%5214
2/6/2013@ PHILADELPHIA88-69W2W180U32-8239.0%61831-9034.4%5615
2/20/2013NEW YORK125-91W-4W185O42-7953.2%632129-8633.7%4815
2/23/2013@ DETROIT90-72W-5W188U34-7545.3%582026-7733.8%4514
2/26/2013GOLDEN STATE108-97W-8.5W197O41-8448.8%481233-7643.4%5020
2/28/2013LA CLIPPERS              
3/1/2013@ TORONTO              
3/8/2013@ ORLANDO              
3/10/2013@ MIAMI              
3/15/2013LA LAKERS              
3/16/2013@ PHILADELPHIA              
LA CLIPPERS: GUARDS: CHRIS PAUL was every bit an MVP-caliber player in his first year in L.A. They should monitor his minutes late in the regular season to keep him fresh for the playoffs. . . His Achilles is on schedule to be healed by December, and CHAUNCEY BILLUPS will start once he's healthy. He's likely to lose athleticism, and his leash could be short if he shoots as poorly as he did last year . . . JAMAL CRAWFORD steps in to lead the second unit. We'll see how quickly his inefficient, shoot-first ways grow stale . . . ERIC BLEDSOE was a stud in the playoffs. He can't play extended minutes alongside Paul, but coach Vinny Del Negro knows he has to get Bledsoe on the floor . . . WILLIE GREEN provides capable depth, but he's on the outside looking in at the rotation. FORWARDS: BLAKE GRIFFIN's knee injury likely isn't serious enough to linger into the season. He's starting to develop some post moves to go along with his dunks . . . CARON BUTLER played hurt for most of last year, but still did enough to nail down a starting job for this season . . . LAMAR ODOM moped his way back to L.A. Don't be surprised if he has a strong bounce-back year, especially considering he'll be the Clippers' best defensive big . . . GRANT HILL could see some starts, but more likely the 40-year-old is pegged for limited minutes . . . MATT BARNES will replace Hill once he injures himself again . . . RONNY TURIAF will provide some of the toughness they lost when Reggie Evans left . . . TREY THOMPKINS will continue to languish on the bench, especially after sitting out the preseason with a knee injury. CENTERS: He can block shots and rebound, but at this point DeANDRE JORDAN is just too much of a defensive liability in space to play 30-plus minutes. That's why the Clippers will often pair Lamar Odom with Blake Griffin in the frontcourt . . . RYAN HOLLINS can also defend the basket and has six fouls to give.
INDIANA: GUARDS: The Pacers went 7-2 during the regular season and won a playoff series with GEORGE HILL in the starting five. He averaged 13.9 PPG and 5.3 APG in those regular season starts . . . PAUL GEORGE is a defensive stopper who is making strides on the offensive end. If he can find the touches, his scoring average will rise . . . D.J. AUGUSTIN has a skill set similar to Hill's. Maybe he'll push him for minutes later in the year, but more likely he'll shoot corner threes off the bench . . . GERALD GREEN is another athlete for their second unit . . . LANCE STEPHENSON has a chance for a bigger role, but he's been atrocious to this point of his career. FORWARDS: DANNY GRANGER's touches dropped last season, but his shot selection improved as last year went on. He'll continue to be a borderline All-Star . . . DAVID WEST's knee should be fully recovered from his torn ACL in late 2010-11. He was their best player in the postseason and should be a star this season with his ability to knock down shots . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH looks like he's settling in as a career second unit player. His lack of athleticism really limits his upside . . . JEFF PENDERGRAPH may or may not hold on to a roster spot in a 12th-man role. CENTERS: They're paying ROY HIBBERT like a franchise player, and he has the ability to control both ends of the court. The question is whether they'll now play him 30-plus minutes, or continue to use him as more of a part-time player . . . IAN MAHINMI should step in as a decent backup center . . . Rookie MILES PLUMLEE was a part-time player at Duke and is highly unlikely to contribute in his first season.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (LA CLIPPERS-INDIANA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(UPDATES with Hibbert suspended)

*Clippers-Pacers Preview* =========================


Los Angeles (41-18) at Indiana (36-21), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Two teams that have been dominant lately will meet Thursday as the Indiana Pacers host the Los Angeles Clippers. But with the Clippers' front line wreaking havoc on opponents, the Pacers - playing without their starting center - could be in trouble.

Indiana has won 10 of 12, including the past five by an average of 23.8 points, while Los Angeles has won six of seven with the victories coming by 16.7 points.

A sixth straight win for the Pacers (36-21) would be a season best, but they will be without Roy Hibbert, who was suspended for one game after being ejected for an altercation toward the end of a 108-97 win over Golden State on Tuesday.

Hibbert was tossed due to a shoving match with David Lee that began under the basket after a missed shot and eventually spilled into the first row of seats.

The former All-Star is averaging 10.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots. If the Pacers find any benefit to a brief absence for Hibbert, it could be strengthened unity after his teammates quickly backed him up during the incident.

"There were two or three guys coming after (Hibbert)," said David West, averaging 20.6 points in 10 games this month. "We preach and talk about togetherness, so that's part of what we're going to do. We're going to defend one another. They came after him too many times."

A weakened interior defense may be too much for the Pacers to overcome against the Clippers (41-18), as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan continue to score efficiently inside.

Griffin and Jordan's combined 56.4 field-goal percentage this season is tied with Miami's LeBron James and Udonis Haslem for the second-highest among starting frontcourt duos behind Denver's Kosta Koufos and Kenneth Faried (57.4).

Over the last six games, Griffin has averaged 20.2 points on 62.2 percent shooting while Jordan has shot 20 for 31 (64.5 percent). Even small forward Caron Butler has stepped up in the past five with 16.0 points per game on 50.0 percent shooting - both well above his season averages.

That trio combined for 53 points and shot 23 for 31 from the field in a 106-84 win over Charlotte on Tuesday. Griffin and Jordan provided 12 of the team's 13 dunks in that game, and the duo is a big reason why the Clippers have outrebounded five of seven opponents during the team's current surge.

"DeAndre and Blake are two of the best athletes you've got in the league," the Bobcats' Gerald Henderson said. "If you don't put a body on them and be physical with them, they're going to play over the top of the rim."

The Pacers hope to get a bigger boost from Danny Granger in this third game back, but it's been a struggle so far. He's 2 for 17 from the field for seven points since returning from a knee injury that had kept him out all season.

Granger has averaged 26.3 points over his last three games against the Clippers while hitting 11 of 17 3-pointers. He scored 25 in a 102-89 home win over Los Angeles on March 20 in the teams' last matchup.

Griffin had 23 points in that game and scored a career-high 47 in the previous meeting.

Clippers guards Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford are expected to make the trip to Indiana after missing Tuesday's game. Crawford was with his wife, who gave birth to the couple's daughter Monday, and Bledsoe remains day-to-day with a sore left calf.

Last Updated: 6/21/2018 3:18:06 PM EST

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