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NBA: Spurs vs Clippers Predictions

NBA betting action sees the San Antonio Spurs taking on the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday February 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  Cappers Picks provides free NBA handicapping tips all season long.

A nice matchup to get back to NBA action Thursday night. Both of these teams are locked in on the playoffs but kind of heading in different directions.

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San Antonio Spurs (34-19) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (35-19)
Thursday February 19
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
NBA Betting Lines:  Clippers -1
NBA Betting Total:  203
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San Antonio

It is hard to believe that the defending champs are only the 7th best team in the Western Conference – a fact that could change if they beat the Clippers tonight.

As much as any team San Antonio should benefit from the longer All-Star break as they pursue yet another title. In this one they will also be looking to exact a little revenge for a beating they took at the hands of the Clippers at home last month. The number on this one has been moving around a lot. Neither team is strong against the spread.

I know that everyone is familiar with the Spurs ways but it is still a bit mind boggling the way this team eschews stats for wins. There is no one on this team scoring as many as 16ppg but everyone makes a contribution – all 5 starters score in double figures and their next 5 off the bench average 7 or more.

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Now that they have Kawhi Leonard back they are ready to start pushing up the standings.

Los Angeles

The Clippers bounced back just before the break, winning their final two games without the services of the injured Blake Griffin. They are not out of the woods yet though as he will still be out a couple of weeks and the teams behind them are charging hard. Things are pretty tight and if they go on an extended losing streak again they will feel some serious pressure. This specific game is big too because if they lose to the Spurs they will swap positions with them in the Western Conference standings.

With Griffin out they have moved Spencer Hawes into the starting lineup. Pairing him with DeAndre Jordan gives them good size but is also means they have little of it coming off the bench. L.A. doesn’t have great depth to begin with and the injury puts that into sharper focus.

Without Griffin Jordan has become even more of a monster. He has had three games with 20 points and 20 rebounds in his last six.

NBA Handicapping Trends:

  • Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
  • Mavericks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • Under is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 road games.
  • Thunder are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Over is 5-1 in Thunder last 6 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.
  • Over is 5-1 in Thunder last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Mavericks are 17-5-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings in Oklahoma City.
  • Under is 16-7-1 in the last 24 meetings in Oklahoma City.

NBA Prediction:  San Antonio +1

I am looking to the Spurs to take advantage of the weakened Clippers in this one.

NBA Score prediction:  San Antonio 99 – Clippers 92

Partly pride (and revenge) and partly they are the better team. Solid value with them a small dog.

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