The Los Angeles Clippers will take their six game winning streak on the road this week, stopping in Chicago starting tomorrow night, and continuing through Charlotte, Milwaukee, and Detroit before returning home to play the New Orleans Hornets on December 19th.
The Bulls are currently riding a three game winning streak, with an impressive win over the Knicks on Sunday, and occupy first place in the Central Conference at 11-8. Joachim Noah registered a historic 30 points, 23 rebound performance in a win over Detroit last Thursday, and Luol Deng provides a solid 18ppg in his league tops 41.2 minutes per game. The Bulls are very tough, defensively and are 6-5 on their home floor. The Clippers easily defeated the Bulls at Staples back on November 17th, 101-80.
Charlotte seems to have come back to earth after a strong start, battling a seven game losing streak after starting strong at 7-5. While two of those defeats were blowouts at the hands of Oklahoma City and San Antonio, the Bobcats played the NY Knicks tough before falling on a last second jump shot by J.R. Smith in a heart breaker. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is making a strong case for Rookie of the Year with his 10ppg and strong play, overall, while PG Kemba Walker leads the team with just over 17 ppg and 6 assists. The Clippers defeated the Bobcats both in both meetings last season.
Milwaukee sits just behind Chicago in the Central Division at 10-9. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis (traded to the Bucks last season for Andrew Bogut) lead the Bucks with 17 and 18ppg, respectively, and the Clippers will have to contend with outside shooting specialist Mike Dunleavy, who shoots over 40% from 3-point range (a known defensive weakness for the Clippers). The Bucks are still trying to cope with the steep drop in production from Ersan Ilyasova, who signed a 5-year, 40 million dollar contract last summer, but is hitting only 22% of his threes thus far.
The final game of this road trip ends in Detroit, who are 7-15 as of this writing. Detroit is actually quite good, defensively, holding opponents to only 42% shooting (4th in the league); however, the Pistons are definitely challenged when it comes to scoring, ranking 24th in offensive efficiency. Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight lead the team in scoring with only 15 and 14 points per game each, with 32 year old Tyshaun Prince following with just under 13 ppg.
Though we expect tough fight in at least two of these contests (Chicago and Milwaukee), we here at FullyClips are quite confident in a successful journey away from home. The “Lawler’s Law Enforcement Agency” will be the difference and we predict a solid 4-0 road sweep and an 18-6 record before avenging our earlier loss against New Orleans on December 19th back at Staples. Hope to see you all at the game!
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