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Los Angeles Clippers 2024 NBA Championship Odds

The LA Clippers had mixed results in 2023-24. The Clippers were able to avoid the play-in round for the 2024 NBA Playoffs. While the Clippers were a solid team, they were not elite. Most important of all, LA was a poor betting value. Gamblers were consistently splashed with red ink by the Clippers. But there is a sense that with Kawhi Leonard and James Harden, the Clippers have the potential to beat anyone they face. LA is seen as a potential sleeper to take the Western Conference title this spring.

2024 NBA Championship Betting Odds

Los Angeles Clippers NBA Betting Lines

The LA Clippers are 51-31 straight up, 38-44 against the spread, and 38-44 over/under the total. Late on, LA has covered three out of their last nine games. While the Clippers have gone under the total in five of its previous eight matchups. LA is 4th in the Western Conference playoff standings. LA is six games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference playoff race.

LA has NBA metrics of 12th for scoring offense, 6th for field goal percentage, 6th for 3-point field goal percentage, 3rd for free throw percentage, and 19th for offensive rebounding. On defense, the Clippers have NBA metrics of 10th for scoring defense, 12th for field goal percentage permitted, 14th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 5th for defensive rebounding.

The Clippers open a first-round series with the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

LA Clippers Key Players

SF Kawhi Leonard leads the Clippers with 23.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He is a 2-time NBA champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, and 6-time NBA All-Star, including this season.

F Paul George averaged 22.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He is a 9-time NBA All-Star. He arrived with the Clippers at the same time Leonard did, but from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

LA Clippers Head Coach

Tyronn Lue has been head coach of the Clippers since 2020. He is best known as the head coach of the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. His career record is 312-217 in the regular season and 52-33 in the playoffs.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 6)

2023-24 82 51 31 1st, Pacific TBD
2022–23 82 44 38 3rd, Pacific Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Suns)
2021–22 82 42 40 3rd, Pacific Did not qualify
2020–21 72 47 25 2nd, Pacific Lost in Conference finals, 2–4 (Suns)
2019–20 72 49 23 2nd, Pacific Lost in Conference semifinals, 3–4 (Nuggets)
2018–19 82 48 34 2nd, Pacific Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Warriors)
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Los Angeles Clippers History

In their 50+ years as an NBA franchise, the most that the Los Angeles Clippers have done is gone to a conference championship. Even that was extremely recent though, as the Clippers made their first trip to the conference finals in 2021. They were defeated by the Phoenix Suns in a six-game series, but that hasn’t deterred Steve Ballmer from trying to turn this moribund franchise into a winner.

The Los Angeles Clippers were originally known as the Buffalo Braves. They were founded as an expansion franchise in 1970, and they selected Bob McAdoo with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft. McAdoo was the first star in franchise history, and he was the NBA MVP in 1975, but the team was gutted after it became clear the franchise could never work in Buffalo. That led to an owner swap, and new owner Irv Levin moved the Braves to San Diego in 1978.

The San Diego Clippers were the third pro basketball franchise in San Diego since the mid-1960s. The San Diego Rockets moved to Houston, and the ABA’s San Diego Conquistadors folded after just a few years in the city. The Clippers were the last chance the city had at proving the NBA would work there, but they failed to make the playoffs in any of their six seasons in San Diego and subsequently moved to Los Angeles in 1984. There, they would continue a 15-year postseason drought until finally making the playoffs in 1992.

Former owner Donald Sterling went down as one of the worst owners in the history of professional sports. Sterling owned the team from 1981 to 2014 when he was banned from the league for life and forced to sell the franchise. The Clippers only made the playoffs four times between 1976 and 2011, winning just one playoff series in that stretch.

Steve Ballmer has immediately done everything in his power to make the Clippers a contender. They have now finished with a winning record for 11 straight seasons, and Ballmer brought in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to hopefully win a title.

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