Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 12/16/13
San Antonio Spurs (19-4) at Los Angeles Clippers (16-9)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -2 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers return home to face the San Antonio Spurs on Monday from STAPLES Center.
Head to head, the Spurs are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Los Angeles while the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, but just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days. The Spurs on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
I like the San Antonio Spurs for a couple of reasons tonight or I should say I don't like the Los Angeles Clippers for a couple of reason's. Anyway you spin it, the end result will be the same.
It's hard to guage how well the Clippers have been playing recently as they have gone 4-4 in their last eight outings, but they just completed a seven game road trip. Speaking of that road swing, which began back on the 5th in Atlanta, teams never really fair well in their first home game off a long road trip and the stats back that up as Los Angeles is just 6-14 against the spread in their last 20 home games following a road trip of seven or more days.
To put it bluntly, the Spurs have dominated the Clippers for quite some time now as they have won 34 of 39 and eight of 11 since Chris Paul's arrival. Not only that, but San Antonio had a 26 point victory in their last trip to Los Angeles and have won four of their last five there since 2012.
As far as the Spurs are concerned, they have raced out to a quiet 19-4 record and their only road losses on the season have come at Portland and Oklahoma City, teams with a combined home record of 22-2. San Antonio is 8-4 against the spread on the road this season and their last four wins have come by an average of 19.7 points.
The Clippers have the talent to win and it certainly helps that they are home, but I can't ignore the fact that they are coming off a long road trip and they really struggle against the Spurs....
Dan’s Pick: San Antonio -2
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