As the much anticipated basketball year finally starts to hit its stride this week, what better way to celebrate than with an NBA betting matchup between the epitomes of experience and flash? This Wednesday the Los Angeles Clippers will play host to Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs.
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Line: Spurs -1.5-point Favorite and the Total is 203
What separates this iconic Spurs-Clippers series from any other simple clash in identities, is that each, despite their differences, stands alone as a legitimate contender to win the NBA championship. According to Bovada’s oddsmakers, the Spurs have 14/1 odds on the NBA futures compared to the Clippers’ 18/1.
Although we’ve seen L.A. establish themselves as legitimate threats to beat top-ranked opponents night in and night out with their highlight-filled offense spearheaded by Blake Griffin and superstar point guard Chris Paul, there’s no guarantee that it will be enough to get them by teams like the Spurs on a regular basis.
In contrast, the Spurs have been thriving with the same no-nonsense, fundamental-first approach that’s led them to four championship rings over the course of the past decade and a half. At 36 years old, it’s apparent that Duncan still knows how to get things done.
There’s no telling which identity will prevail this Wednesday, let alone throughout the year and into the playoffs. That’s what happens when two teams collide whose only similarity is that they’re capable of cashing in on the NBA moneyline.
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