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(11-17) L.A. Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs (20-10)
Date: Monday December 18
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Spurs -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 202.5
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Monday, December 18 finds Western Conference foes the L.A. Clippers and San Antonio Spurs tipping off for their second game of the season series.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Clippers winning three of the four contests although this season San Antonio took the first game this year. The Spurs hold the all-time record having bested the Clippers 125 of their 164 matches.
The brief three-game win streak had some thinking perhaps the Clippers could weather the storm until Blake Griffin’s return from a sprained MCL. However, a deeper dive highlights the fact two of those wins came about because of a mistake with the shot clock (Wizards) and a team playing on a back-to-back in their 11th opposite coast game (Raptors).
The third win was against the equally struggling Magic.
Most feel the best thing would be to blow up the team now and garner value for DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams and yes, possibly even Blake Griffin. As constructed the Clippers are possibly a bottom rung seed, but they also aren’t bad enough to tank.
However, since they own their first round pick it might behoove LA to send a few quality players packing now, gain some additional draft picks and vie for a better lottery pick (especially since this is the final season teams can actively ‘tank’.
Austin Rivers should return tonight after passing the concussion protocol, but Danilo Gallinari is questionable after missing four games.
San Antonio Spurs
With Kawhi Leonard back in the lineup the Spurs will slowly work him back into the system.
That may cause some regression particularly offensively as Gregg Popovich adjusts the system to accommodate Leonard while still capitalizing on LaMarcus Aldridge who is finally doing what the Spurs expected when they signed him. San Antonio boasted a 19-8 record when Leonard returned. Since then the Spurs are 1-2 but Leonard only played in two of those matches.
Factor in the arguably best defender is back with the fifth ranked defense and will help improve the 14th ranked offense and suddenly these Spurs are precisely as good as they have been for the past twenty seasons.
Still, no one imagines they can take down the Warriors and some say the Rockets. So, will the Spurs do the unthinkable and add a talent at the trade deadline? In the interim (unlike their opponent) know how to be a perennial title contender.
Danny Green (groin tightness) is uncertain for the game tonight and Kyle Anderson remains out with knee sprain. Leonard is expected to play on a minute’s restriction.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Teams are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- Clippers are 6-4 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 5-5 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
- Over is 15-7 in Spurs last 22 home games.
- In the last 27 meetings the underdog is 19-8 ATS
Free L.A. Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Prediction: Spurs cover spread
The Spurs played Dallas twice last week, losing once and needing a major fourth quarter effort to win the second match. Still, San Antonio is 14-2 at home having only lost to the Warriors and Bucks.
With so little offensive punch on the Clippers this should be an easy Spurs win. The question is can they cover the projected 11.5 point spread?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Spurs -11.5
The last time these squads played Griffin played and Leonard didn’t, but the Spurs won by 13. Given Leonard should play and the existing vitriol between the squads look for the Spurs to take care of business.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Spurs 109 – Clippers 95
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