Who would have thought on December 13 that the supposedly rebuilding Clippers would have a superior record than the San Antonio Spurs? That’s the case as the Clippers head to the Alamo City on Thursday as slight Mybookie Sportsbook underdogs.
Clippers at Spurs NBA Spread & Expert Pick
If you put in the work, the results will come. pic.twitter.com/uJEPK7cosY— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) 13 de diciembre de 2018
- When: Thursday, 8:30 PM ET
- Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
- TV: NBA TV
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- Radio: TuneIn
- NBA Spread: San Antonio Spurs -2.5 (Total 224)
- All: Los Angeles Clippers 17-10 / San Antonio Spurs 14-14
- Home: Los Angeles Clippers 9-3 / San Antonio Spurs 10-4
- Away: Los Angeles Clippers 8-7 / San Antonio Spurs 4-10
- ATS: Los Angeles Clippers 15-12 / San Antonio Spurs 14-14
- Over/Under: Los Angeles Clippers 16-10-1 / San Antonio Spurs 17-10-1
Season SeriesThe Clips lead 1-0. On Nov. 15, L.A. beat the visiting Spurs 116-111. San Antonio battled back from a 14-point first-half deficit to tie the game at 107 with 1:13 remaining. However, Clippers guard Lou Williams scored nine fourth-quarter points, including a clutch three in the closing stages. Williams finished as the Clippers’ leading scorer with 23 points off the bench. DeMar DeRozan had 34 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and one blocked shot in the loss.All time, the Spurs are 71-13 at home in this series and have won the past two there.
Why Bet on LA Clippers?The Clips have been a pleasant surprise but might be fading in losing four of six and the past two losses being blowouts. It was 123-99 at home to Toronto on Tuesday even though the Raptors were without Kawhi Leonard. It was the Clippers’ worst loss of the season and none of the starters played in the fourth quarter, with the Clippers down 29 after the third.Avery Bradley missed all six of his shots and failed to score. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played just 22 minutes and hit 3-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, two rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Montrezl Harrell played just 22 minutes off the bench for six points, three rebounds, two assists, and three blocks. The lopsided score played a big role in Harrell’s low numbers, but he’s slumping, averaging just 9.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks over his last five games.More bad news: Lou Williams, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, sat Tuesday with a hamstring injury and is expected to miss two weeks. He was injured in Monday’s win at Phoenix. Williams is averaging 17.2 points and 4.5 assists for the Clippers. Coach Doc Rivers said there will be no way to compensate for Williams’ instant scoring off the bench.“No one,” Rivers replied when asked which Clippers sub has to step up with Williams out. “Just go play … You are not going to replace Lou so don’t try. Just don’t try. Just try to score as much as you can, stay aggressive and move the ball more.”With Williams on the sidelines, there will be more minutes available for guys like Gilgeous-Alexander, Milos Teodosic, and Tyrone Wallace.
Why Bet on San Antonio?The Spurs won a third straight Tuesday, 111-86 over terrible Phoenix. Bryn Forbes started again at guard and hit 8-of-14 shots, 5-of-5 3-pointers and 3-of-3 free throws for a season-high 24 points, a career-high 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal in 32 minutes. Forbes was thrust into the starting point guard role after the Spurs suffered injuries to three members of their backcourt. Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Forbes has the most double-digit performances of any undrafted player in the NBA.DeMar DeRozan hit just 2-of-6 shots for five points, two rebounds and nine assists in 26 minutes. It was his first game of the season in single-digit scoring, and he had scored at least 26 points in four of his previous five games.The Spurs held the Suns to a season-low output for an opponent, two weeks after a four-game stretch in which three opponents beat them by 30-plus points. San Antonio has won three straight halfway through a six-game homestand. The Spurs, who were allowing 113.3 points per game, have limited their opponents to 101 points during their winning streak.San Antonio currently ranks second in the NBA in fewest turnovers, coughing up 12.4 per game. The Silver and Black have turned the ball over 10-or-fewer times in 10 games this season, which is the most such games in the NBA this season.
Clippers at Spurs NBA Betting Trends
- Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings
- Over is 18-8-2 in the last 28 meetings in San Antonio
- Underdog is 21-9 ATS in the last 30 meetings
- Clippers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Clippers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of LA Clippers’s last 16 games
- Spurs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of San Antonio’s last 13 games