Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs prediction & preview 22.12.16
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The San Antonio Spurs are amazing. Tuesday’s affecting improvement win over the surging Houston Rockets served as addition admonition of just how amazing this aggregation and this alignment has been over a actual continued aeon of time. But, as great, and historic, as that win was, the Spurs accept to get aback into the appropriate mindset to yield on the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night at the STAPLES Center in the City of Angels. The Clippers are a bit shorthanded appropriate now afterwards Blake Griffin and bettors and oddsmakers accept absolutely taken notice. Abounding sportsbooks accept the Spurs lined as a abbreviate favorite, while the CRIS books, including DSI Sportsbook, were captivation as abiding as they could at a aces ‘em.
The Spurs are off to a 23-5 alpha this division and they accept 16 or 17 ATS wins adjoin the number, depending on the bets that you accept fabricated this season. San Antonio is +6.1 in point cogwheel on the division and looks assertive to be a amateur to the Golden State Warriors appear playoff time. San Antonio’s win on Tuesday night was the additional win for a aggregation abaft by 13 or added credibility with beneath than 4:30 larboard to play over the endure three seasons. Teams with that arrears were 1-1,388 above-mentioned to San Antonio’s comeback. The Clippers had no problems afterwards Blake Griffin in their 119-102 win over Denver on Tuesday night, but this is acutely a abundant bigger test. Los Angeles is 21-8 on the year, but they are 14-15 adjoin the accord closing amount this season. They are 19-10 to the over, so that’s something to watch, abnormally if they accelerate the clip with Griffin out.
There are absolutely a few big amateur advancing up over the next anniversary or so in the NBA, but not abounding analyze to the akin of absorption that the bold amid the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs will draw. Both of these teams accept gotten off to hot starts to bang off the 2012-2013 NBA season, as the Clippers are 6-2 all-embracing through Thursday night, while the Spurs are 7-2. These two teams attending like they could in fact acquisition themselves at the top of the Western Conference if the division comes to an end, and I absolutely apprehend both teams to be playoff teams and potentially accomplish a run at the Western Conference Championship and possibly even to the NBA Finals as well.
The Clippers’ disability to get over the bulge – or, at least, extensive the Western Conference Finals – underscores an important, but generally disregarded allotment of the championship equation: Timing. If the Clippers acquired Chris Paul in a barter afore the 2011-12 season, the aisle of the authorization skewed upward. Success was expected. A amount of Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan meant abysmal playoff runs and, maybe, championships.
During this aforementioned five-year span, Los Angeles had to argue with two LeBron James-led Heat teams, the Beautiful Bold Spurs, the 67-win Warriors, the 73-win Warriors and the LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers that exhausted the 73-win Warriors in the NBA Finals.
Each year the Clippers were a allotment of the championship conversation, but anniversary division they bootless to ability the pinnacle. Allotment of that is artlessly getting a abundant basketball aggregation in an era with several abundant basketball teams.
This season, however, may represent the Clippers’ best adventitious of authoritative the next leap. San Antonio is accessible afterwards accident Tim Duncan. Houston presents an accessible challenge, but Los Angeles has the abhorrent firepower to accumulate up with the Rockets in a playoff series. Golden State is bigger on both ends of the floor, and has added superstars, but they aren’t invincible.
The Clippers accept even added catalyst to accomplish a abysmal playoff run, and not just a adventure to the additional round, because next offseason could be its a lot of important in authorization history. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin accept aboriginal abortion options for next season, acceptation they can both access the complete chargeless abettor bazaar a year early. DeAndre Jordan has one added affirmed year for the 2017-18 season, again he’ll accept the befalling to access chargeless agency.
The Clippers accept been a able aggregation this season, but the Spurs should accept a little bit of added pep from that win over the Rockets and will attending to get a advance and break advanced in this one. Maybe San Antonio in the aboriginal bisected is the bigger play, just in case some awe-inspiring things appear at the end. The bigger adventure in my apperception for this bold is that both teams are in anticlimax spots tomorrow, as the Spurs go to Portland and the Clippers host the Mavericks. It’s harder to see either aggregation abundantly motivated for those games