New Orleans Hornets at LA Clippers NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

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In the late night nationally televised NBA pro basketball game the New Orleans Hornets will make the journey out west to face Chris Paul and the LA Clippers on Monday night. The Hornets and Clips will begin from Los Angeles at 10:30PM Eastern Time and its NBA TV providing the live national television broadcast.

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The current odds at Oddsmaker has the home team LA Clippers as a -9 ½ point betting favorite tonight with the total at 181 ½ points. A money line wager on the favored LA Clippers will return bettors -600 odds. If you think the New Orleans Hornets can get the outright win tonight your return on the money win is a hefty +450 odds for your wager.

The Clippers are out to revenge a 97-90 road defeat to the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night as a -4 ½ point favorite. It was a game that saw the LA Clippers get outscored in the fourth quarter by a 21-11 margin. The game made national news as Hornets forward Jason Smith committed a flagrant foul on Clipper forward Blake Griffin which resulted in a two game suspension. As Griffin was driving to the basket for a patented dunk Jason Smith gave him what resembled to be a football block that sent Griffin hard to the floor. There was no fight back from LA or from head coach Vinnie Del Negro who has come under fire. Del Negro doesn’t seem to fight enough with the officials for his players as the Clippers have been the victims of some physical play of late as the rest of the league looks to retaliate after getting posturized by the many Blake Griffin monster dunks.

A check of the standings finds the LA Clippers just 1 1/2 games ahead of the ninth seeded Denver Nuggets. There is a log jam in the Western Conference as just four games in separates seeds 4-11 in the Western conference. Only Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the LA Lakers seem assured of a playoff spot but eight teams are vying for the final five spots in the west. Denver, Phoenix and Minnesota are the last three teams currently out of the playoffs. LA Clippers cannot afford any more bad stretches the rest of the way.

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