- The Los Angeles Clippers travel to the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia to take on the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 pm EST on Tuesday, Jan. 26th
- Both teams could be extremely short-handed so all eyes will be on the injury reports
- See the best player prop bets for Tuesday’s game below
The Los Angeles Clippers will be without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George when they visit the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Both players are out due to health and safety protocols and are in quarantine while they undergo contract tracing.
The Hawks have some availability issues of their own as Trae Young, Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari are all listed on the injury report as questionable. Gallinari was the only one of the three to play in Atlanta’s previous game against Milwaukee and will likely have a minutes limit if he does suit up.
Los Angeles has won seven of the last ten meetings between the clubs but it was Atlanta winning the last one 102-95 on January 22, 2020. This time around the Hawks are favored by 3.5 points and there are a couple of player props to consider.
We won’t have any Hawks props until a decision on Young and Capela’s status is made so let’s look at the Clipper’s side of the ball for now.
Clippers vs Hawks Player Props and Odds
|Player||Points||Rebounds||Assists||Three Pointers Made|
|Luke Kennard (Clippers)||16.5 ( Ov -106 / Un -116)||4.5 ( Ov +110 / Un -134)||4.5 ( Ov +120 / Un -148)||2.5 ( Ov -146 / Un +114)|
|Serge Ibaka (Clippers)||16.5 ( Ov +100 / Un -122)||7.5 ( Ov -138 / Un +112)||NA||1.5 ( Ov +142 / Un -184)|
Odds taken Jan. 26th from FanDuel
Serge Ibaka is Underrated
This will be the first time all season that both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are out for the same game, so there is not much data available for tonight’s situation. Usage rates drastically change when stars sit out and when we throw in the fact that Patrick Beverley is out, we end up with even more confusion.
As convoluted is it seems, this is actually a good spot for bettors if we can spot the players that will benefit most from the situation. Serge Ibaka sticks out as a good target tonight.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 23, 2021
Both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are good rebounders. Both average more than five boards per game so those rebounds will have to go somewhere and Ibaka is a good bet to soak up a few of them. This is a pace up spot for the Clippers meaning a few more possessions and Ibaka should see a few extra minutes given the availability situation.
The Hawks are generally a good rebounding team as they are sixth in the NBA in opponent defensive rebounding percentage at 74.8%. Those numbers can be in part attributed to Clint Capela who is unlikely to be in the lineup tonight. He wasn’t available last game and the Hawks allowed an 87.8% mark to the Milwaukee Bucks. It is also worth mentioning that they allowed a 42.1% offensive rebounding percentage in the same game.
Ibaka has never been a glass cleaner in his career but in the right situation he has seen spike games. The situation tonight is ripe for one of those spike games and his price is attractive at 7.5. He could easily go over that total.
The Pick: Serge Ibaka Over 7.5 rebounds (-138)
Luke Kennard Can Shoot
Kennard is a name that will be mentioned in the DFS community quite a bit today with George and Leonard being unavailable. His usage rate on the season in all minutes is 15.5% but swells to 27.1% without Leonard, George and Beverley on the floor. He is a dead-eye shooter that can hit shots given the opportunity.
Luke Kennard has shooting splits of .495/.464/.900 so far this season
— Duncan Smith (@DuncanSmithNBA) January 24, 2021
So far this season, the opportunity has not been there for Kennard. He has only taken more than 10 shots in a game three times and in those three games he only surpassed 16.5 points once. Without the Clippers’ stars available for this one, look for Kennard to take a season-high attempts en route to covering his points number.
The Pick: Luke Kennard Over 16.5 Points (-106)
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