Often thought of as second-fiddle in Los Angeles, the Clippers have become a popular betting option with their unprecedented success in recent years.
Los Angeles Clippers Franchise History
The Clippers originated as the Buffalo Braves in 1970 and made the move to The Golden State for the 1978-79 season as the San Diego Clippers.
The change of scenery didn’t come with on-court success, however. They never made the playoffs in San Diego and relocated to Los Angeles, alongside the Lakers, in 1984.
Still, winning eluded the Clippers and they drifted into the shadow of the Showtime Lakers. They made the playoffs only four times during their tenure in L.A. until they drafted Blake Griffin first overall in 2009.
After drafting Griffin, the “Clips” acquired perennial all-star Chris Paul, and that duo brought Clippers fans out of the woodwork.
Griffin, Paul, and DeAndre Jordan had L.A.’s “other team” dubbed “Lob City” for all of their show-stopping dunks and alley-oops.
Despite the highlight-reel dunks and regular season success, Paul and Griffin never led the Clippers past the Western Conference Semifinals.
In 2019, the Clips signed Kawhi Leonard. Leonard was fresh off a title in his lone season with the Raptors and was brought in to deliver a championship to a desperate fanbase.
Leonard and all-star Paul George have yet to lead the franchise to a title, however, leaving the Clippers in search of their very first championship.
Betting on the Los Angeles Clippers in California
Sports betting is currently illegal in California. There are several groups making a push to legalize sports wagers in some capacity, but it likely will not happen in 2022.
Legalization could come in numerous different forms, ranging from online wagering to retail wagering at tribal casinos or racetracks.