|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Los Angeles Clippers lost their shot at a divisional title yesterday but the Clippers have a chance to get the home court advantage during the first round of the playoffs in tonight's game.
The Clippers, who are tied with Memphis for fourth in the West with a 40-25, hold the tiebreaker and can get home court advantage if they win tonight on the road against the 34-30 New York Knicks.
The Knicks are also playing with playoff implications in mind. The Knicks need to win both of their final two games while the Orlando Magic needs to lose its last two so the Knicks can move from seventh to sixth. There is a potential for the Knicks to fall to eighth even with just one loss.
This is the only game that these teams will be playing each other in this year unless they meet in the NBA Finals. These teams split a two game series last season.
Carmelo Anthony has been on a run for the Knicks in recent weeks. Anthony has a total of 32.2 points per game in his last five, thus adding to his 22.7 average. He had 39 in his last game, a Sunday win over Atlanta, and also had 42 earlier this month in a loss to Miami. Anthony has been picking up much of the team's effort due to injuries to other players on the team.
The Clippers struggled in their prior game when they lost to Atlanta. This was highlighted by Randy Foye failing to score anything in twenty minutes. This is in spite of him having 14.2 points per game in April. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are still prominent in that they combined for seventy points in that game.
The Clippers are favored in online betting to win tonight's game at Madison Square Garden. The Clippers have a -3.5 advantage for the game. It also includes a 191.5 over/under for how many points both teams are going to get tonight.