Los Angeles Clippers Vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Season Week 9 Betting Picks And Odds

Los Angeles Clippers Vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Season Week 9 Match-up

Clippers vs. Spurs
-5 (-110) Spread +5 (-110)
O 225.5 -110 Total U 225.5 -110
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Kawhi Leonard gets another crack at his old team after falling to them earlier this season.

Even though it’s been a couple of years and a championship for Kawhi, there still seems to be some bad blood between these two.

The Spurs expected Leonard to be the cornerstone of their franchise and trading him was an absolute last resort.

To make matters worse, the Spurs are struggling this season and their star DeMare DeRozan looks like he just doesn’t want to be there.

The Clippers are coming into this game second in the Western Conference even though they suffered a brutal loss to the Houston Rockets. 

What the NBA Odds say about the Clippers Vs. Spurs Matchup

At first glance I was surprised to see the spread this close given the Spurs record and some internal struggles.

However, the Spurs actually haven’t played that badly this season. In their last 6 games, they are 4-2 and four of them have been overtime games.

Their wins have also come against solid teams like the Rockets and the Suns.

Their losses have also been 1-2 point losses which shows how close these games are.

The over/under seems pretty correctly priced if we assume the game will stay close.

Both of these offenses are in the top half in terms of points per game and can play at an above-average pace.

Why bet on the Clippers? 

Frankly, this is a championship-caliber team that’s already looking scary even though they have only been at full strength for less than a month.

Even though Paul George has a rare bust game last time against the Spurs, that was one of his first games of the season.

It can be assumed that this time around he’s more accustomed to his team.

Solid Offense AND Defense

The Clippers are seventh in offensive and defensive ratings, which makes this a well-rounded team.

Patrick Beverly will always have his foul troubles, but he’s a great asset on the defensive end and will be tasked to stop Dejounte Murray from scoring.

In every position on the floor except center, the Clippers have the inherent advantage. 

Why bet on the Spurs?

The Spurs will probably end up making the playoffs for the millionth year in a row and it should surprise no one.

This is one of the best run and coached franchises in the history of the league. However, I don’t think they have the firepower necessary to get to the top of the conference this year.

About DeRozan’s performance

DeMar DeRozan is oddly averaging more than his career average in points this season, but in the clutch, he has been horrid.

His free throw percentage goes down to 45% during clutch moments which is not a good sign for a player who is supposed to carry the team when it matters.

Aldridge sort of exists like he always does, but there’s still something missing here. 

Los Angeles Clippers Vs. San Antonio Spurs Prediction

On paper, the Clippers are the better team in every aspect. Even though Montrezl Harrell is a “weaker” center than Aldridge, he makes up for it in terms of the energy boost he provides off the bench.

I don’t think this game will be close even though it’s in San Antonio.

The Clippers are still priced too close to the Spurs. The best bet here is to take the Clippers spread of -5 (-110).

I would stay away from the over/under this game because the Spurs do have a habit of playing incredibly slow when things start to go awry.

This could end up with the final score of something like 110-96, which isn’t ideal for our total.

Expect this game to be sort of a revenge game for Kawhi after losing to the Spurs earlier this season.

We should also see a bounce-back game for Paul George after only scoring three points last time. 

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