Clippers at Spurs - 4/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (57-27) at San Antonio Spurs (56-28)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, FSW2, FSSW
The Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs play game three of their series Friday with it all tied at one game.
The Los Angeles Clippers look to bounce back after losing game two in overtime. Blake Griffin is averaging 27.5 points and 12 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 26.5 points and 6.5 assists. DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 14.5 rebounds and J.J. Redick is dishing two assists. The Los Angeles Clippers need to get production from their bench if they’re going to have a shot in this series, as they’re getting nothing from Spencer Hawes, Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis. The Clippers are forced to play their starters a ton of minutes, which is certainly going to catch up to them at some point. Jamal Crawford remains the X-Factor for the Clippers success. The Clippers have won eight straight road games.
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The San Antonio Spurs now have their first round series in their hands on their home court. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while Tim Duncan is averaging 19.5 points and 11 rebounds. Patty Mills is dishing one assist and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs still know when to take their game to another level, which is what happened in game two. Still, much like the Clippers, you must watch the Spurs starters minutes, as Duncan played 44 minutes and Boris Diaw played 37 minutes. The Spurs aren’t used to playing guys 30-plus minutes and it could be their downfall as well. The Spurs have lost just one game since March. Tony Parker is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Clippers are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 road games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Spurs are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Conference Quarterfinals games. The underdog is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
This is the one playoff series that could go either way, which is why I'm taking the points. The Clippers should win at least one game in SA, and I think it's going to be the game where Duncan saw the most minutes he's played in years. Give me the younger Clippers on a short turnaround.