Clippers getting 20-1 odds to win NBA title, Lakers at 6,000-1

Chris Paul, left, talks with Coach Doc Rivers and J.J. Redick during a break in a game against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 11.
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The Clippers are 54 games into their 82-game season with a record of 35-19.

They are in sixth place in the Western Conference, 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Golden State Warriors (42-9), but only 1 1/2 games behind the third-place Portland Trail Blazers (36-17).

The Clippers, who have never won an NBA championship or even had a Finals appearance, are listed at 20-1 odds to win the title at this point in the season, according to The Lakers, who have won 16 NBA championships, are listed at 6,000-1 to win a title. The Warriors are at 7-2 odds, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are at 4-1.

The Clippers host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday after having a week off for the All-Star break, Feb. 12-18.


They’ve won two games in a row, beating the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets without superstar power forward Blake Griffin. He will be sidelined at least two more weeks after having surgery Feb. 9 to remove a staph infection from his right elbow.

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