Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 4/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (55-27) at Los Angeles Clippers (56-26)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -1 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers collide for Game 1 tonight at the Staples Center.
Another season, another playoff appearance for the San Antonio Spurs but it wasn't their best season as the Spurs really had to fight late to climb the rankings and could only reach the sixth seed in the crowded Western Conference with a record of 55-27. Tim Duncan was the most consistent player for the Spurs with averages of 13.9 ppg and 9.1 rpg, while Tony Parker had a down season with averages of just 14.4 ppg and 4.9 apg, so even more than last season, the Spurs will be asking for Kawhi Leonard to elevate his game and show everyone why he was last season's NBA Finals MVP.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers had to deal with injuries to two of their best players in Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford, but that just allowed other players to step up and Chris Paul answered the call with avereages of 19.1 points and 10.2 assists, while DeAndre Jordan averaged 11.5 points and 15.0 rebounds. Griffin returned missed a total of 15 games but still finished with averages of 21.9 points and 5.3 assists, but I think the Clippers' success will rely heavily on what their bench players can contribute especially with Crawford still looking a little rusty.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, while the Clippers are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the Spurs are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Los Angeles and the under is 21-8-1 in the last 30 meetings in Los Angeles.
This series looks like it will go the distance and it could go either way. As for this game, you would usually take the home team to come out firing and draw first blood, but I actually think there's going to be a minor upset here so I'm taking the Spurs in what looks like a coin toss.