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San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 1/4/14

Los Angeles Clippers (22-12) at San Antonio Spurs (25-8)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)

The Line: San Antonio Spurs -6 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Clippers will be without Chris Paul tonight when they take on the San Antonio Spurs.

The Clippers have won three of their last four and are coming off an impressive 119-112 win over the Mavericks. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan led the team with 25 points apiece, while Darren Collison added 20, but the story of the night was the injury of Chris Paul who hurt his shoulder and is expected to miss three to five weeks. In the absence of Paul, the logical replacement would be for Collison to step into the starting lineup where he was more than capable in the win over the Mavs. With the win, LA improve to 23-12 overall and 9-9 on the road.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 1/4/14

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Meanwhile, the Spurs were running through opponents in typical fashion but received a real wake up call on Thursday when they met with the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert scored 27 points apiece to beat the Spurs by 105-101 in a stunning upset to snap the Spurs' three-game win streak. For San Antonio, Marco Belinelli made six three pointers on his way to a game-high 32 points, but no one else scored more than 12 points as the Spurs failed to capitalize on a early double digit lead and suddenly found themselves in a fight they weren't ready for. With the loss, San Antonio drop to 25-8 overall and 12-5 at home.

In ATS trends, the Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall, while the Spurs are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Head to head, the Clippers are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Over is 11-3-2 in the last 16 in San Antonio.

The Clippers destroyed the Spurs back on Dec 16 in LA, but I would be impressed if they can even win tonight. LA are definitely good enough to cause the upset here, but I can't back them without CP3 against a Spurs team reeling from an embarassing upset at home. 

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