In this battle between two Western Conference teams on opposite trajectories, the San Antonio Spurs (27-20), looking to extend their current small winning streak, are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (24-21), who on the other hand want to end a losing streak of their own.
Date/Time: 01-20-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -9
San Antonio Spurs have a 27-20 record (28-18-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Timberwolves with a 116-113 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 21.7 ppg, adding 6.1 boards and a team high 6.4 dimes per game. He is followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 20.6 ppg and a team high 8.5 boards per game.
Los Angeles Clippers have a 24-21 record (24-21 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the West. They have five consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Warriors with a 94-112 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tobias Harris 20.9 ppg, adding a team high 8 boards per game. He is followed by Danilo Gallinari with 19 ppg and 6 boards but he is doubtful to play today.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Spurs lead the Clippers 2-1 wins, having won the only previous game with a 125-87 score. Spurs have a 18-6 home record, while the Clippers are 10-11 on the road. Clippers are better offensively, scoring 114.7 ppg to Spurs’ 111.8 ppg, while Spurs are better defensively, allowing 109.3 ppg to Clippers’ 114.6. Spurs have better percentages both in field goals (47.9% to 47.2%) and in 3-pointers (40.4% to 38.4%). Spurs are better both in turnovers committed (12.2 to 14.2) and in dimes made (24.7 to 22.8), while Clippers are better in boards grabbed (45.6 to 44.2). Spurs are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -9 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a struggling lately Clippers squad.
Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -9 (-107)
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