On Tuesday evening, the Sixers play host to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Sixers enter play a disappointing 33-21, which is good for fifth place in a crowded middle of the Eastern Conference. The Clippers are 3.5 games back of Lakers for the best record in the Western Conference. The most impressive part of the Clippers’ record is that they’ve done it despite two extended absences of Paul George and the load management of Kawhi Leonard.
This marks the first meeting between the teams this season in what many believed could’ve been a preview of the NBA Finals.
With that, let’s get into our Sixers-Clippers betting preview.
Sixers vs. Clippers Odds
Here’s the line for the Sixers and Clippers at DraftKings Sportsbook PA:
- Spread: Sixers +1, Clippers -1
- Moneyline: Sixers -105, Clippers -113
- Total: 227
Bets We Like With a Sixers Win
FiveThirtyEight gives the Sixers a 69% chance of winning with a -5 point line. The Sixers are the best home team in the NBA with a record of 24-2, while the Clippers are just 15-11 on the road.
Ben Simmons to Record a Double-Double and Sixers Win (+165, FoxBet)
You can get Simmons to record a double-double at -200, but if you believe he’ll rise to the occasion on national TV and lead the Sixers to the win as well, the boost to +165 could be worth a look.
Bets We Like With a Clippers Win
Kawhi Leonard Over 1.5 Made 3-Point FG and Clippers Win (+190, FoxBet)
In four games in the month of February, Kawhi has gone 4-9, 2-3, 4-10, and 3-7 from deep. If you think the Clippers will pull out a road win, this is about as sure of a bet as you’ll find.
Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
Ben Simmons Scoring Special (DraftKings)
This one is always worth a look. Ben Simmons is +650 to score the first field goal of the game, which are the same odds given to teammate Tobias Harris. Sure, the dynamic duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are slightly better bets at +600 and DraftKings seems to believe in Joel Embiid’s determination to get the first bucket at +420, but that’s not the point. If Simmons makes the first basket of the game, you’ll get $1 for every point, rebound, and assist he scores in the game. Just navigate to the promotions page and opt-in to the bonus. Minimum $25 bet required.
Sixers vs. Clippers Prediction
Pick: It’s as close to a pick ’em as you’ll find. My gut says the Clippers pull this one out, so take the Kawhi prop and consider the Simmons one as well.