Spurs at Clippers - 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: 206 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers meet Sunday night in game one of the playoffs.
The San Antonio Spurs ended the season winning 11 of their last 12 games. On the season, the Spurs are averaging 103.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds while Tony Parker is averaging 14.4 points and 4.9 assists. Tim Duncan is grabbing 9.1 rebounds and Danny Green is dishing two assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 51.8 percent in their last five games and have won 12 of their last 13 games when topping 100 points. The Spurs have lost just four games since March. Eight of the Spurs last nine losses have come on the road. Matt Bonner is questionable with a calf injury.
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The Los Angeles Clippers ended the season on a seven-game winning streak. On the season, the Clippers are averaging 106.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting and are allowing 100.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 21.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 19.1 points and 10.2 assists. Jamal Crawford is dishing 2.5 assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 46.7 percent in their last five games and have won 14 of their last 15 games when topping 100 points. The Clippers are hoping this is the year they get over that playoff hump. The Clippers have won seven of their last 10 games on their home court.
The Spurs are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Clippers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Spurs are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Los Angeles.
I like the Clippers to strike blood, as their tempo will give the Spurs issues this early. I also like having Crawford back on the court, a guy who really gives the Clips another gear. I'll gladly take the home team in a toss up game.