TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH
#536 LA CLIPPERS (-11′) over Sacramento at 9:30 PM EST
With a little steam off three consecutive straight victories over the Bucks, Pelicans, and Suns, the Clippers will stay hot and grab another win and cover when they host the Kings on Saturday night. Sacramento limps into this matchup off a pair of SU and ATS home losses to Golden State and New Orleans and this will prove to be a difficult journey for head coach Alvin Gentry and his crew.
A quick peek at the History Book shows that Los Angeles has played well in this series inking a solid 34-10 SU and 26-17-1 ATS record in the last 44 meetings. In this run battling a Sacramento team that enters without confidence off a SU and ATS loss, the Clips improve to a healthy 17-4 SU and 15-5-1 ATS mark. Overall, in division play, LA holds an outstanding 60-37 SU and 61-36 ATS record in its last 97 battles including an elite 19-8 SU and 21-6 ATS tally provided it takes the floor with confidence off two or more straight up wins. With those two parameters live and Los Angeles entering off the comforts of a home game, this technical situation improves to a healthy 12-4 SU and 14-2 ATS.
There are a couple of angles that work against the Kings here. First, when priced as a double-digit underdog, Sacramento has struggled lately posting a woeful 1-12 SU and 4-9 ATS record in its last 13 tries. Second, when stepping up in class and fighting a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage of .500 or better, the Kings have been at their financial worst posting a pitiful 7-30 SU and 14-23 ATS mark in their last 37 battles provided their opponent is rested. As long as their opponent did not smash that Las Vegas pointspread by double-digits in their last game, Sac slips to s nasty 6-24 SU and 9-21 ATS.
The Clippers are ramping up their game at the right time (four straight up wins in their last five matchups) and they’ll have no trouble rolling the Kings in this division war. Take Los Angeles. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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Off a split last night that served up a nice diamond victory on the Padres but a rough loss in the NBA on the Bulls, Stryker is back on Saturday with one hardwood investment that will grab the cash. Three undefeated angles (14-0 ATS, 12-0 ATS, and 8-0 ATS) combine forces to bring this power play home. Grab Tom’s NBA Triple Perfect Best Bet for $30.