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Through 1 Quarter

We’ve seen some fireworks one quarter in as the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers have combined for 71 points. Neither team has the matchup in the bag, but Brooklyn leads 38-33.

Point guard James Harden has led the way so far for the Nets, as he has 14 points and five assists. A double-double would be The Beard’s sixth in a row.

Los Angeles has been relying on shooting guard Eric Bledsoe, who has eight points and four assists, and power forward Marcus Morris, who has eight points and two assists along with two rebounds.

Who’s Playing

Brooklyn @ Los Angeles

Current Records: Brooklyn 22-9; Los Angeles 17-16

What to Know

The Los Angeles Clippers haven’t won a game against the Brooklyn Nets since March 17 of 2019, but they’ll be looking to end the drought on Monday. The Clippers are getting right back to it as they host Brooklyn at 10:30 p.m. ET Dec. 27 at Crypto.com Arena. Brooklyn will be strutting in after a win while Los Angeles will be stumbling in from a loss.

It was close but no cigar for Los Angeles as they fell 103-100 to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Despite the defeat, Los Angeles had strong showings from shooting guard Eric Bledsoe, who dropped a double-double on 18 points and ten dimes in addition to five steals, and center Ivica Zubac, who posted a double-double on 17 points and 11 boards along with three blocks.

Speaking of close games: Brooklyn beat the Los Angeles Lakers 122-115 this past Saturday. Point guard James Harden (36 points) and point guard Patty Mills (34 points) were the top scorers for Brooklyn. James Harden now has five triple-doubles this year.

The Clippers are expected to lose this next one by 3.5. They are currently two-for-two against the spread in their most recent games, however, a trend bettors might want to take into account.

Los Angeles’ defeat took them down to 17-16 while Brooklyn’s victory pulled them up to 22-9. This past Saturday Brooklyn relied heavily on Patty Mills, who shot 8-for-13 from beyond the arc and finished with 34 points and seven assists. It will be up to Los Angeles’ defense to limit his damage.

How To Watch

  • When: Monday at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Crypto.com Arena — Los Angeles, California
  • TV: NBATV
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $56.00

Odds

The Nets are a 3.5-point favorite against the Clippers, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Nets as a 4.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Los Angeles have won seven out of their last 11 games against Brooklyn.

  • Feb 21, 2021 – Brooklyn 112 vs. Los Angeles 108
  • Feb 02, 2021 – Brooklyn 124 vs. Los Angeles 120
  • Aug 09, 2020 – Brooklyn 129 vs. Los Angeles 120
  • Mar 17, 2019 – Los Angeles 119 vs. Brooklyn 116
  • Nov 17, 2018 – Los Angeles 127 vs. Brooklyn 119
  • Mar 04, 2018 – Los Angeles 123 vs. Brooklyn 120
  • Feb 12, 2018 – Los Angeles 114 vs. Brooklyn 101
  • Nov 29, 2016 – Brooklyn 127 vs. Los Angeles 122
  • Nov 14, 2016 – Los Angeles 127 vs. Brooklyn 95
  • Feb 29, 2016 – Los Angeles 105 vs. Brooklyn 95
  • Dec 12, 2015 – Los Angeles 105 vs. Brooklyn 100

Injury Report for Los Angeles

  • Nicolas Batum: Out (Ankle)
  • Reggie Jackson: Out (Covid-19)
  • Jason Preston: Out (Foot)
  • Isaiah Hartenstein: Out (Ankle)
  • Jay Scrubb: Out (Covid-19)
  • Paul George: Out (Elbow)
  • Kawhi Leonard: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Brooklyn

  • LaMarcus Aldridge: Out (Covid-19)
  • Kevin Durant: Out (Covid-19)
  • Day’Ron Sharpe: Out (Covid-19)
  • Joe Harris: Out (Ankle)
  • Kessler Edwards: Out (Covid-19)
  • David Duke: Out (Covid-19)
  • Cameron Thomas: Out (Covid-19)
  • Kyrie Irving: Out (Covid-19)

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