LA Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs

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The finale of a 2-game set between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs will take place Thursday night at 8:30 pm EST at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Currently, the Clippers are favored by 6.5-points, up from 6 at the opening, while the total stands at 221.5-points.

The Clippers won their 3rd-straight outing after taking out the Spurs in blowout fashion Wednesday night as Kawhi Leonard along with Marcus Morris, Sr. led the way with 25 and 20 points, respectively. Important to note that Morris, Sr. along with Nick Batum accounted for 8 of the team’s 17 3-pointers as the team shot over 50% from long-range while converting on nearly 60% of their shots in the victory. The Clippers were also able to cover as 6-point favorites and are 4-1 in their last 5 games.

The Spurs fell in the division standings with their loss to Los Angeles, bringing their record to 22-19 on the year. And while the team shot 46% for the game, San Antonio made just 7 of 22 shots from deep in the contest while turning the ball over a total of 16 times, 4 by DeMar DeRozan who led the team with 19 points on 7-18 shooting (5-5 FT). Derrick White along with Dejounte Murray finished a combined 8-22 FG while missing 5 of 7 attempts from deep for 13 and 9 points. Despite failing to cover, the Spurs are 4-2 in their last 6 outings.

Los Angeles has picked up outright wins in 6 of their last 10 meetings versus the Spurs. On the other hand, the San Antonio is 6-4 ATS during this time, including going just 2-3 in their last 4 at home.

Clippers offense on a roll

During their current win streak, Los Angeles is averaging 128 points, a 16-point increase from their yearly average. Leonard is coming off his 2nd-straight 25-point performance while continuing to be a force on the defensive end racking up 5 steals in their win over the Spurs Wednesday night. Morris, Sr. is averaging 18 points per during this time while Ivica Zubac has also shown his effectiveness on both ends posting double-digits in his last 5 starts while recording 5 blocks and 6 steals.

Paul George has been up and down as of late; however, remains a critical piece within the offense for the Clippers as he is making 48% of his shots along with a solid 43% of his attempts from long-range. In all, Los Angeles moved a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for 2nd-place in the Pacific division while remaining a game behind the division-leading Phoenix Suns.

The team will take the floor seeking its 3rd-straight road win over the Spurs. Important to note that Los Angeles has posted 130 points or more in each of their last 2 roadies versus their Western Conference foe. Serge Ibaka along with Patrick Beverly remain out indefinitely with back and knee injuries as they did not travel with the team for this 2-game set.

Spurs fall behind early en route to loss

Their loss to the Clippers Wednesday night dropped San Antonio to 2nd-place within the Southwest division after being the top-seed for the majority of the season. The Spurs really need to get back on track as they are losers of their last 3 contests with their offense only putting up an average of 103 points during this time. Fortunately, their leading scorer in DeRozan returned to the lineup (after taking time off due to personal reasons) with a vengeance posting 3-straight 20-point efforts before ending with 19 points Wednesday night.

However, aside from Jakob Poeltl going 4-4 for 8 points, the remainder of the Spurs’ starters struggled as Murray failed to post double-digits for the 2nd-straight game. Keldon Johnson has posted only 14 points in his last 2 outings also failing to post double-digits for the 2nd-straight contest. Lonnie Walker IV has been hampered by a wrist injury as of late and did not suit up for the team’s loss to the Clippers. Furthermore, the shooting guard is questionable for this contest as well. Important to add that reserve forward Rudy Gay is also questionable for this contest with a foot injury.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

The Clippers have continued to heat things up as they are winners of 5 of 7 post All-Star Break in addition to racking up a record of 5-2 ATS during this time.  They had very little trouble picking up a victory versus San Antonio Wednesday night.  Los Angeles is 6-0 in the 2nd of back to back games entering this contest.  Furthermore, Leonard along with George played just over 30 minutes in their Wednesday night win and should take the floor rested.  In all, the Clippers are the hotter team at the moment and I expect them to shine yet again.

Los Angeles Clippers -6.5

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Full-Game Total Pick

Despite both teams playing back to back, DeRozan along with the starters for the Spurs will be seeking to atone for an off night on the offensive end.  Again, Leonard and George will be rested while the team will enter with tons of momentum after a stellar shooting night.  The over is 3-1 in the last 4 games for the Spurs while also being 6-3 in the last 9 for Los Angeles.  Finally, these teams have played to the over in 3 of their last 4 meetings.

Over 221.5