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When and where: January 20, 2019, A&T Center, San Antonio, TX, 7:00 PM ET
The Los Angeles Clippers hope to end a five-game losing skid on the road on Sunday when they go head-to-head with the San Antonio Spurs. A run-in with the Golden State Warriors was bound to end ugly on Friday night for the Clippers, who lost their fifth consecutive game. The Spurs, on the other hand, are finding their footing after winning back-to-back games over the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Clippers face Warriors at full strength
Unfortunately for the Clippers, their date of playing against the Warriors lined up exactly when perennial All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins was expected to make his debut. Not that the loaded Warriors needed to add a fifth All-Star to their starting lineup. Even with the game on their home court, the Clippers didn’t stand much of a chance against the NBA’s first regular season dream team.
They didn’t do themselves any favors turning the ball over 18 times and giving the Warriors an opportunity to bag 28 extra points. It also wasn’t their best shooting night against an incredibly tough defensive team. They shot a disappointing 36.5 percent from the floor and 16.0 percent from 3-point land. There is no beating a team like the Warriors with those poor shooting percentages.
Forward Tobias Harris ended the game with a team-high 28 points, nine rebounds and two assists, while guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander knocked down 24 points and snagged three rebounds. Those were the only two players on the entire Clippers roster that managed to finish the game in double figures.
Popovich wins 520th road game
There was a little more meaning to the Spurs’ 116-113 victory over the Timberwolves than a two-game win streak and Western Conference positioning. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reached another milestone in winning his 520th career road game and tying former legendary coach Pat Riley for the most in NBA history.
Even after the departures of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, the mystique of the Spurs has somehow remained intact amid the rise of the super team era. Granted, the present-day Spurs aren’t looked at as championship contenders, but they still remain very much a part of the playoff picture, even with a new-look roster.
DeRozan was a late scratch against the Timberwolves. However, the team didn’t miss a beat with star forward LaMarcus Aldridge dropping 25 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Rudy Gay had a great night as well going 9-of-14 from the floor and finishing with 22 points, four rebounds and five assists.
- Spurs are 17-5-1 ATS in their last 23 games against teams with a winning straight up record
- Spurs are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 after allowing 100 points or more in the previous game
- Spurs are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest
- Spurs are 27-9 ATS in their last 36 home games
- Clippers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in the previous game
- Clippers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after an ATS loss
- Clippers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games after a double-digit loss at home
- Clippers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in the previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
DeRozan is expected to be back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Clippers. That’s one less potential problem the Spurs have to worry about. The Clippers, on the other hand, are still dealing with a slew of injuries that could potentially impact their playoff chances.
Forward Danilo Gallinari, the team’s second leading scorer, is doubtful for the game with a back injury that forced him to leave Friday’s game against the Warriors early. The team will also likely be without two-time Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams and defensive stalwart Luc Mbah a Moute. Going on the road and knocking off the Spurs would have been a tough task with a healthy lineup, but now, they’ll have to do it being down two of their top scorers in Gallinari and Williams.
The Spurs should be able to jam up a significantly weakened Clippers offense, while also shooting the ball better with DeRozan back on the floor. Unless a couple complimentary role players have the game of their lives, I expect the Spurs to roll to their third straight win.
Prediction: San Antonio Spurs
Full-Game Total Pick
The under is 5-1 in the Clippers’ last six games on the road and 5-1 in the Spurs’ last six home games against teams with a losing record on the road. There are too many key shooters out of the lineup to expect the Clippers to maintain the same level of offensive efficiency against a buttoned-up Spurs defense. Take the under in this game.