2018-2019 LA Clippers Team Preview and Betting Picks
Staples Center – Los Angeles, California
Doc Rivers – Head Coach
Western Conference – Pacific Division
2017 Record: 42-40
Gone are the days of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers have gone to a younger, rebuilding phase on their roster.
It’s pretty tough to think that their current roster is better than what they’ve had in recent years with losing franchise players but in time, we will be able to tell if the youth movement was worth it or a major mistake.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 LA Clippers and determine where we think they will end up.
LA Clippers Coaching
The LA Clippers are coached by Doc Rivers. Rivers has been with the team since 2013 when he took over the team. Since taking over the team, Rivers has not posted a single season with a losing record.
Rivers has led the Clippers to the playoffs in 4 out of 5 seasons with the team. Rivers has coached the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics and naturally now with the LA Clippers. When he was with the Celtics, he led them to the NBA Finals, where they won the NBA Championship.
Rivers has been named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2000 and was the NBA All-Star Coach in 2008 and 2011.
LA Clippers Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Clippers used their 1st round NBA Draft selection to pick 12th and take Michigan State Small Forward Miles Bridges.
- June 21, 2018 – The Clippers used their 2nd, 1st round NBA Draft selection to pick 13th and take Shooting Guard Jerome Robinson.
- June 21, 2018 – The Clippers traded Miles Bridges and two second-round draft picks to the Charlotte Hornets for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
- June 26, 2018 – The Clippers traded Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Marcin Gortat.
- July 6, 2018 – The Clippers signed undrafted free agent Angel Delgado, formerly of the Seton Hall Pirates, to a two-way contract.
- July 6, 2018 – The Clippers lost DeAndre Jordan to free agency, who later signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
- July 9, 2018 – The Clippers signed free agent Mike Scott, formerly of the Washington Wizards.
- July 9, 2018 – The Clippers resigned Avery Bradley.
- July 19, 2018 – The Clippers signed free agent Luc Mbah A Moute, formerly of the Houston Rockets.
- July 23, 2018 – The Clippers traded draft rights to Maarty Leunen to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Johnathan Motley and draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis.
- July 24, 2018 – The Clippers resigned Montrezl Harrell.
- July 27, 2018 – The Clippers waived C.J. Williams, who later signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- August 7, 2018 – The Clippers traded Sam Dekker and draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko.
- September 5, 2018 – The Clippers matched the offer sheet tendered by the New Orleans Pelicans to Tyrone Wallace.
LA Clippers Starting 5
Patrick Beverley (PG) – Beverley came to the Clippers last year and we really didn’t get a chance to see what he is capable of because he was injured. This year, we should see a defensive force that is capable of shutting down opposing guards in the league.
Avery Bradley (SG) – Bradley was much like Beverley in the fact that we didn’t really get a chance to see him on the court much due to injury. Bradley’s experience on the court leads us to believe that he will team up with Beverley to formulate one of the top defensive backcourts in the West.
Danilo Gallinari (SF) – Well, we talked about Beverley and Bradley being injury prone but we can’t talk injuries without talking about Gallinari. Gallinari could potentially be one of the top Small Forwards in the league but he can never seem to stay healthy.
Tobias Harris (PF) – Harris was pretty much brought in as the replacement for Blake Griffin. Harris proved his worth last year, as he showed that he can score down low and also has decent 3-pt shooting skills. The real benefit is the fact that he was much cheaper and is younger.
Marcin Gortat (C) – Gortat is probably in LA for one season. He is 34-years old and on the backside of his prime. Gortat is a physical presence in the paint for the Clippers and the 11-year vet will be looking to impress as he is in the final year of his contract.
LA Clippers Key Bench Players
Lou Williams (SG) – Williams averaged 22.6 points per game last year and was the main benefactor of the team having multiple injuries across the board. Williams started just under 20 games in 2017-2018 and still had a full stat line on the season. This year, he will be used largely off the bench to provide scoring as the 6th man.
Luc Mbah a Moute (SF) – Moute is one of the best defensive players on the Clippers. Moute has some decent size to him, standing at 6’08 but the concerning thing for me is the fact that he is 32 years old and is coming in off a shoulder injury.
Montrezl Harrell (PF) – Harrell allows the Clippers to play some small ball with athleticism. He is 6’08 and over 235lbs but has the footwork and speed of someone half his size.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for LA Clippers
The Clippers are a team that is rebuilding. They have picked up the pieces that they felt they needed but they are still a year or two away from once again being competitive. They don’t have the leadership nor the experience on the team to make the postseason in 2018-2019.
I would expect the Clippers to make a big push this year for a franchise player. If you look down their roster, they simply don’t have that currently on the list of players. They need a face of the organization and all though they are young and have plenty of up-and-coming prospects that can turn into that type of player, they just aren’t ready for that right now. I will recommend completely fading the Clippers this year for any sort of future wagers.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the LA Clippers:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +15000
- Odds to Win Western Conference Championship: +8000
- Odds to Win Pacific Division: +5000
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 37.5
- NBA Rookie of the Year: Miles Bridges +2500
- NBA Rookie of the Year: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +2800
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