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Clippers reeling from Paul setback

January 06, 2014 17:32:06 UK

Los Angeles Clippers will be without Chris Paul for six weeks rather than a month as the team returns to the Staples Center to host Orlando Magic on Monday.

Now tied with Golden State Warriors atop the Pacific Division, the Clippers were easily beaten by the Spurs at the AT & T Center in San Antonio over the weekend as the hosts jumped out to a 70-35 half time lead and cruised to a final victory of 116-92.

Los Angeles are priced 1.27 on the money line and Orlando Magic can be backed at 3.80 in the same market.

Golden State made it nine consecutive victories on Sunday with a 112-96 defeat of Washington Wizards. Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 26 points and David Lee, Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry all had double-doubles as the visitors continued their successful road swing. It’s now onto Milwaukee on Tuesday before Golden State concludes their travels in Brooklyn midweek.

The Nets have won two straight and welcome in the Atlanta Hawks to the Barclays Center on Monday. Atlanta, who lost to the Warriors on Friday, followed up that defeat with a further setback in Chicago on Saturday as the hosts ran out 91-84 winners. Mike Dunleavy came off the bench to lead the Bulls with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a game where Taj Gibson, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah all crashed the boards effectively to record double-doubles.

In a quiet NBA slate the third game of the night is in Philadelphia where the 76ers entertain the Minnesota Timberwolves. The visitors, who appeared at the start of the season to have some quality depth, have struggled and find themselves two and a half games out of a potential post-season place in a tough Western Conference.

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