The Clippers are one of the Western Conference teams that still hasn’t made the push for “WIN NOW” mode. While some of the contenders, namely Houston and Dallas invested a lot in this season, the Clippers are still treading water. Not that they have a terrible team, especially with Blake and CP3 on it, but it looks like they are one piece away (small forward) from contending for a championship. Whether or not they will make a deal, we will find out by the trade deadline. In the meantime, the following are the most important games for the Clippers, both for their standings and confidence for the playoffs.
Spurs @ Clippers, February 19th Staples Center,
Starting price $23, Average price $93
The Spurs have beaten the Clippers twice this season once at home, and once on the road. Simply put, the Spurs know their way with the Clippers. While many say the regular season has nothing to do with the playoffs, it would be good if the Clippers can find a way to beat the Spurs, since they will most likely face them in the playoffs in their quest for a title. On paper, the Spurs look very beatable currently with a 10-9 road record vs the Clippers 17-6 home record as well as the Clippers have a better record against teams in the Western Conference 14-6 where the Spurs are 14-13, but the Spurs don’t play on paper and keep finding ways to win. View all Clippers vs Spurs Tickets at the Staples Center.
Clippers @ Grizzlies February 27th FedEx Forum,
Starting price $25, Average price $67
The Clippers know a thing or two about winning in Memphis, where they’ve won the previous six games before this season. This season, the Memphis Grizzlies have built a fortress in the Forum. The Grizzlies are also a team that allows minimal points in the paint, and one that can battle Clippers big men. The Clippers love to attack the paint, but with Marc Gasol patrolling there, it will be a hard task. Given the fact that Memphis will be one of the higher ranked seeds in the West, to get to the Finals, the Clippers will need to win a game or two in the Forum. View Clippers at Grizzlies tickets for the Fed Ex Forum.
Clippers @ Mavericks, February 9th American Airlines Center,
Starting price $16, Average price $72
The two teams in the top 3 offensive rating haven’t played yet this season. The game in Dallas will be an excellent test for both the Clippers and Mavericks, and one can expect nothing less than a high scoring game with lots of shooting. Additionally, the game will feature two of the best true point guards in Rajon Rondo and CP3. View Mavericks vs Clippers tickets for the American Airlines Center.
Clippers @ Bulls, March 1st United Center,
Starting price $88, Average price $110
The Bulls humiliated the Clippers at the Staples Center this season. To prove themselves as a championship contender, the Clippers must win a game or two on the road versus other contenders. And when it comes to the East, the Chicago Bulls are as good as it gets. With a great defense, big men in the post, and Butler and Rose on the perimeter, the Bulls are an excellent test for the Clippers and their championship aspirations. View Bulls vs Clippers tickets for the United Center.
Warriors @ Clippers March 31st Staples Center,
Starting price $45, Average price $117
The Clippers close the season series with the Warriors, a team they have battled before at home. They play in Golden State earlier in March, and they are currently 1-1 versus the Warriors, putting even more priority on their home game versus GSW. If they want to get to the Finals, the road to there will likely be through Golden State, a team currently ranked first in the West. View Clippers vs Warriors tickets for the Staples Center.