Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 5/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Antonio Spurs (58-30) at Los Angeles Clippers (59-29)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -2 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
It's win or go home as the Los Angeles Clippers host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 tonight.
With their backs against the wall, the Clippers were able to push this series to Game 7 with a hard-fought 102-96 in Game 6. Blake Griffin bounced back from a disappointing second half in Game 6 to lead the Clippers with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, JJ Redick added 19 points while Chris Paul had 19 points with 15 assists. Once again, the Clippers really struggled from beyond the arc, making just four of their 18 three-point attempts, but unlike their loss in Game 5, the Clippers did a better job of executing in the second half thanks to a much more aggressive Paul.
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As for the Spurs, Marco Belinelli made seven threes en route to a team-high 23 points off the bench while Boris Diaw added 17 points of his own but the rest of the team struggled mightily. Tim Duncan scored just 12 points while Tony Parker had eight points but Kawhi Leonard was particularly disappointing, scoring just 12 points on 3 for 12 shooting. Despite their shooting struggles, the Spurs still found ways to hang with the Clippers thanks to their bench production, but the Clippers did just enough to escape with the nail-biting win to send this series to a decider.
In ATS trends, the Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games overall, while the Clippers are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games.
Head to head, the Spurs are 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Los Angeles and the road team is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
This series has been an absolute nightmare to predict but I'm not complaining because it's definitely the best first-round series I've ever seen. At home and coming off a win, the Clippers should be able to seal the deal and move onto the next round, but you can never count out this Spurs team. It really is a coin toss of a game but I'm sticking with the much more experienced Spurs to win this one and move on.