LIVE: Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs
FRI, NOV 29, 2019
8:30 PM ET
Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
After a day off for Thanksgiving, the NBA is back in action on Friday. Our game between the Clippers and Spurs is one of the most intriguing. Tip-off is set for 8:30 P.M ET on Friday evening. The Clippers won their first meeting of the season on October 31st.
Clips are an Elite GroupFans of the Los Angeles Clippers have plenty to be excited about. They overhauled their roster in the offseason and it’s paid off. Los Angeles is currently 14-5 through 19 games and first-year Clippers Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are arguably the best one-two punch in the NBA.
After starting 7-5, the Clippers have won seven games in a row. It’s no coincidence that their hot streak started right after Paul George made his season debut. LA lost in George’s debut but hasn’t lost since. In games he’s played in, the Clippers are 7-1 this year. George ranks second on the team in scoring with 24.8 points per game. Leonard, not surprisingly, is their top scorer with 25.8 points per game and top rebounder (8 rpg).
As a team, the Clippers rank seventh in the NBA in scoring (114.6 ppg) and 10th in points allowed per game (107.5). Leonard, didn’t play last game and is questionable for Friday’s game.
Spurs Struggling in ’19-20Given their success over the last two decades, the 2019-20 season has been disappointing for the San Antonio Spurs and their fanbase. The Spurs are 6-13 on the season, including just one win in their last 10 games. Sadly, the Spurs started 3-0 before hitting a 3-13 stretch. Their only win in their last 11 games came against the lowly New York Knicks.
San Antonio’s defense has struggled this season, a concept that’s hard to wrap your head around because it’s been a strength in the Greg Popovich era. They rank 24th in the NBA in points allowed (115.2) and 29th in three-point shooting defense (38.8 percent).
On the offensive side, they’re spreading it around nicely. Six different players are averaging double figures on offense, highlighted by 22.1 points per game from DeMar DeRozan. Overall, they’re 13th in the NBA in points per game (111.7) and 18th in three-point shooting (35 percent).
The market is yet to correct on the San Antonio Spurs. Square bettors love playing the Spurs because of their history and oddsmakers take that into consideration. San Antonio isn’t a good team, though, and they have covered just four times in their 19 games this season. At home, they’ve been equally poor, failing to cover 15 times in their last 18 games. In this game, the Spurs again won’t be able to come up with an ATS win at home. Their defense is suspect, especially on the perimeter, and the Clippers will be able to exploit that. LA has three guys scoring 20+ points and all three of them (George, Leonard, Lou Williams) are dangerous from the outside and can create their own shot.
With both teams playing their first game since Thanksgiving, I expect some sluggishness. Let’s call it the Thanksgiving hangover. Plus, the Clippers have an above-average defense that’s allowing 107.5 points per game. San Antonio’s offense has struggled recently, scoring less than 105 points three times in their last four games. The only game in their last four where they exceeded 105 points was against an awful Knicks defense, scoring 111 points. In their last four, the under has hit every time.