You can tell the happiness level of a team by the amount of trade rumors swirling around them at the deadline. There is almost nothing coming out of San Antonio, while all the talk in LA is about whether or not Blake Griffin will have a new home in a couple of days. All of that will play out in the next 48 hours, but first there is the business of the Spurs taking a trip to the Staples Center to face the Clippers on Thursday, February 18. Game time for this one is at 10:30 PM EST on TNT. Find out more about the latest NBA online spread soon.
How to Bet San Antonio Spurs Vs LA Clippers Odds
When: Thursday, February 18th, 2016, 10:30 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Radio: XM 86
Opening NBA Odds: TBA
The Spurs have been fantastic at home all season long, and all the defeat that they have taken this season have been on the road. The Clippers will likely be the underdog here, but that little away record stat of the Spurs may just give LA a little bit of a confidence boost. This should be a fun one to wager on, and you can do so by heading on over to the MyBookie.ag NBA betting page.
Why bet on the San Antonio Spurs
I mentioned that the road record posted by the Spurs (45-8) was not as good as what they have delivered at home, but in fairness, just about every team in this league would take a 17-8 road record in a heartbeat. The Spurs are coming into this one on a 6-game winning streak, which included a trio of wins on the road. They are an impressive 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are doing an incredible job of hanging with the Golden State Warriors, who are on pace to deliver the best regular season record ever. If the Spurs do make any changes at the deadline, they are likely to be minor, as this seems to be a team with very good chemistry on the court and off. San Antonio are averaging 105.0 PPG, and are giving up just 91.8 PPG.
Why bet on the LA Clippers
By all accounts, it looks as though the Clippers (35-18) might be ready to blow things up at the trade deadline. They are being mentioned in a number of potential deals, the biggest of which has Blake Griffin potentially heading to a handful of different teams. A change may actually be good for everyone involved here, as a little bit of harmony may actually take this team over the top. All the speculation hasn’t really hurt the Clippers, as they went into the break going 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Clippers went down 115-107 in an earlier meeting with the Spurs, but that one came in San Antonio, where no-one wins. The Clippers are a solid 17-8 at home, and have gone 17-12 against Western Conference foes. They are averaging 104.7 PPG, and are giving up 100.8 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Clippers are a team that can score points, but are they going to be able to put up enough to beat the best defensive team in the league? I don’t think they will, and I think the Spurs will win this one quite handily.