Expert NBA Pick on San Antonio at LA Clippers
The San Antonio Spurs take on the L.A. Clippers this Thursday night. The Clippers (35-18) are in second place in the Pacific Division and are coming off a 139-134 overtime loss in Boston last Wednesday night. The Spurs (45-8) are in first place in the Southwest Divison and are coming off a 98-96 squeaker in Orlando last Wednesday night. Be sure to check for more NBA betting lines by clicking here.
INJURY REPORT: Matt Bonner (left calf strain) and Manu Ginobili (surgical recovery) are both out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Clippers game.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 17, 2016
How to Bet on San Antonio at LA Clippers
Why Should You Bet on the Spurs?
Don’t look at that nailbiter in Orlando before the break as a reason to doubt this team. Going into the break against a team near the bottom of the East standings, you can forgive the Spurs for being down 14 in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan only played 18 minutes, and Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker did not dress for the game. Even so, the Spurs roared back from that deficit and stole a win when Elfrid Payton missed a layup for the Magic that would have sent the game to overtime. This is a team that has figured out when to turn it on and when to coast. Against the Clippers, there should be a lot less coasting (and a lot less resting).
Why Should You Put Your Money on the Clippers?
The loss against Boston was an aberration for the Clippers, at least without Blake Griffin in the lineup. The Clips had won 15 of 18 since Griffin’s hand injury, but they blew a five-point lead late in regulation, failing to score a field goal for the last three minutes of the game. Even so, Chris Paul led the way with 35 points and dished out 13 helpers. J.J. Redick poured in 27, continuing to excel with Griffin on the shelf, and DeAndre Jordan victimized the Celtics inside for 21 points and 16 boards. The key came late, when the Celtics got the defensive stops and the Clippers didn’t. However, the Garden is a tough place for anyone to win, and the Celtics have been scoring at video-game pace on everyone lately. Coming back home after the long rest, expect the Clippers to have maximum effort and energy on both ends of the court against one of the few teams above them in the standings.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As dominant as the Clippers have been this season, they have faltered in crunch time against the best teams. I’m taking the Spurs to win this one, 112-107.