Very weakened Clippers are the worst team at this time. Even four players are injured, all four with an average of 35.9 points in this season. Chris Kaman (11.4 PPG), Baron Davis (8.8), Rasual Butler (8.2) and Randy Foye (7.5). In the previous game, Blake Griffin exploded with even 44 points and 15 rebounds, and join him, but it was not enough to escape defeat, since defensive performance of Clippers was dreadful. But, disregarding absences of players and bad performances in this season, they played at home five matches over today's set margin to 1st quarter total points - 54, 50, 52, 48, 45, 47 and 57. But, their efficient in that was weaker than their guests - 24.3 opposite 26.1.
New Orleans Hornets had poorly shooting day at Sacramento last night - only 32.2 percent, but they still won, 75:71. Chris Paul, with season PPG 16.8, lost shooting accuracy in this match - shot 2-12 and scored only 9 points. As for 1st quarter total points, on five away matches they scored an average of 21.2 and allowed 22.6 points per match. So, on their away matches total points in 1st quarter were variable - 41, 56, 41, 51 and 30. It is interesting that they lost three of five away 1st quarters. According to tonight's opponent, it should that again.
Clippers and Hornets already played against each other in this season, in New Orleans twelve days ago, and Hornets won 101:82, while 1st quarter ended 27:18. So, under margin of 48 points, but it was very close.
Hornets are one of the best team in NHL and they lost only one match so far, 95:98 at Dallas Mavericks. Clippers, probably, cannot expect to win tonight, but who knows... However, I think that they will offer stron resistance against Hornets at home. Taking offensive nature of Hornets into consideration, I think that Clippers cannot play at themselves choice, but they must adapt themselves play to Hornets. It means a lot of points, in the first quarter and in the whole match, too.
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