Clippers and Spurs Heading in Different Directions
The San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers will battle on Thursday Night at STAPLES Center. These teams are heading in opposite directions at the moment. The Clippers have won four of their past five games. LA is brimming with confidence after posting a 121-116 overtime victory over the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday. They look to continue their hot stretch against a Spurs squad that has dropped four of its last five.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT.
LINE: Clippers -6.5; O/U: 217.
Los Angeles has posted consecutive overtime victories. It began with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday and continued in the extra session against the Warriors. The Clippers blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead.
“It’s how we won, we could’ve played better, so that’s my job there,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “We did a couple things defensively that we just can’t do to win games down the stretch. I told them after the game, ‘Let’s be good, let’s not be lucky.’ The thing I like about our team is we’re gonna get better.”
The Spurs are slipping after getting mauled 116-96 by the struggling Phoenix Suns on Wednesday to fall to 0-2 on a three-game road trip. The 20-point margin equaled San Antonio’s biggest loss of the season. It came two weeks after they pummeled the Suns by 30 in Phoenix.
The Spurs are 7-6 on the season. San Antonio’s defense was suspect from the start against Phoenix. It was a game it never led and they allowed the Suns to shoot 56 percent from the field. The worst was allowing 15-of-31 from 3-point range.
Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points for his 10th 20-point outing of the year. Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge struggled with 3-of-12 shooting while scoring a season-low six points for the second time in four contests.
The Clippers are 8-5 on the season. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams was the hero against Golden State. He scored 10 of his 25 points in overtime as he quickly shook off being 3-for-16 shooting during regulation.
“There would be no point for me to be on the floor if I didn’t have confidence,” Williams told reporters after scoring 20 or more points for the fifth time in the past six games.
Power forward Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting against Golden State. He has connected on 33-of-41 attempts over the past four contests.
PREDICTION: Clippers 109, Spurs 102
NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|San Antonio Spurs|
|San Antonio is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games|
|San Antonio is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Antonio’s last 7 games|
|San Antonio is 3-13 ATS in its last 16 games on the road|
|San Antonio is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio’s last 5 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio’s last 7 games when playing LA Clippers|
|San Antonio is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio’s last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers|
Los Angeles Clippers
|LA Clippers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|LA Clippers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Clippers’s last 9 games|
|LA Clippers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Clippers’s last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers’s last 7 games when playing San Antonio|
|LA Clippers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Antonio|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers’s last 7 games when playing at home against San Antonio|
San Antonio home to Golden State Sunday, November 18
Los Angeles at Brooklyn Saturday, November 17
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