NBA Tips & Preview – Bucks @ Clippers

The daily preview it to the rim with NBA tips as a Milwaukee Bucks side on back-to-back play away to the injury-ravaged LA Clippers. 

13:00 (AEDT), Mon 7th Feb @ Arena, Los Angeles

History: Played 121: Bucks 68 V Clippers 53

Last meeting: March 29, 2021: Clippers 129 d Bucks 105 at Staples Center

Final Thoughts: Milwaukee Bucks are third in the Eastern Conference with their sights set on the top seed, winning six of their last eight games. After a 36-point loss to the Nuggets last weekend, the defending champs improved to 33-21 with wins over the Wizards (112-98) and Trail Blazers (137-108).

Giannis Antetokounmpo (33 pts, 15 reb, 11 ast) put up a big triple-double against Washington, while Bobby Portis had a season-high 30 points in just 23 minutes in Portland with big man Brook Lopez still sidelined.

The Clippers have arguably overachieved in crafting a .500 record given their injury toll. Kawhi Leonard is yet to take the court this season and Paul George has not been sighted since Christmas. The 27-27 Clippers won the battle of L.A. three days ago 111-110, their first game back from an eight-game roadstand. Marcus Morris Sr (29 pts, 7 reb) went 6-for-7 from three-point range and Reggie Jackson (25 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast) hit the game-winner with 4.1 seconds left.

Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 8 rebounds against the Lakers, but the big man is listed as questionable today. The likes of Amir Coffey and Nicolas Batum have emerged as key performers for the depleted Clippers.

The teams split last season’s two encounters. The Bucks won 105-100 in Milwaukee with Giannis (36 pts, 14 reb, 5 ast, 4 blk) dominating. But the Clippers hit back with a 129-105 blowout victory in Los Angeles as Marcus Morris, Kawhi Leonard, Luke Kennard and Reggie Jackson all posted 20-plus points.

The Clippers are 17-12 at Arena this season (12-17 ATS), winning their last four at home. The Bucks are 14-12 on the road (13-13 ATS), losing four of their last five away.

Milwaukee arrive in L.A. healthy and with some handy momentum. The Clippers have proven their ability to punch above their weight without their marquee men, but the Bucks should win and cover a relatively small line here.

Best Bet: Handicap – Bucks -3.5 @ $1.90

Same Game Multi: Result – Bucks; Total – Under 226.5; To Score 30+ Points – Giannis Antetokounmpo @ $7.11