The Los Angeles Clippers will go for their fourth straight win when they host the Miami Heat on Monday, February 15th. The Clippers come in with a 20-8 record, the third best mark across the entire NBA, and they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-111 their last time out on Sunday. Miami comes in with an 11-15 record for a tie for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Heat had been playing well with a four-game winning streak before falling to the Utah Jazz 112-94 on Saturday.
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard sat out of Sunday’s win with a leg injury, and it’s uncertain when he will return to the lineup, and Paul George is out indefinitely with a toe injury. Miami will once again be out with point guard Goran Dragic, who hasn’t played since February 5th with an ankle injury.
Update: Kawhi Leonard (leg), Paul George (toe) and Patrick Beverley (rest) are all out for the Clippers. Los Angeles is now +3 on the spread.
Pick ATS: Heat +3.5
Check back to the injury reports as it gets closer to game time, but the Heat are a solid play if Leonard is unable to go. Los Angeles was able to get past Cleveland easily without their two best players, but the Clippers should have more of a challenge when against the Heat. After a slow start to the season, Miami has been playing much better in the month of February. The Heat had failed to cover in seven straight games, but they are 3-2 against the spread in their last five.
Player Prop: Serge Ibaka O14.5 points (+103)
There are a lot of player props to take a hard look at for the Clippers. Reggie Jackson’s point total and Lou Williams’ props stick out a lot. I like Ibaka’s number after what he did on Sunday night with all the injuries. Ibaka scored 21 points on an efficient 9-of-14 from the floor. He should get similar run in this game, which should be more competitive. Last night was a blowout game that was over early. Getting some juice on the prop is what I like the most. The other lines are on the flip side.
— Ben Zweiman
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