Los Angeles Clippers v. San Antonio Spurs betting preview
The Los Angeles Clippers (34-15) take their 20-5 home record into Monday’s matchup when they host the San Antonio Spurs (22-26).
Spurs starting rough stretch
San Antonio are hitting the road on Monday, with the matchup in LA representing the first of six straight games away from home before the All-Star break.
This gruesome stretch of games comes at a tough time for San Antonio, who find themselves a game and a half behind the 8th seeded Grizzlies for the last playoff spot out West.
The last thing San Antonio will want to do is over-exert in Monday’s matchup, especially in a tough matchup against the West’s #2 ranked squad.
Don’t be surprised if the defensive performance from the Spurs is far from “petal to the metal”, as the lengthy road trip ahead will be considered as a long term stretch, especially considering the winnablity of some of those games.
This lack of defensive effort is clear in the stats as well, as the first game of a road trip has typically been high scoring for the Spurs.
The Over has an impressive 5-1 record in the first game of a road trip (2 or more consecutive games away from home).
This trend bodes well with the Clippers Over tendencies at home, with Doc Rivers’ squad hitting the over in seven of the last 10 home games, with one push (7-2-1).
Best bet : Over 227.5
When breaking down this game, it’s truly mismatch 101.
The Clips can fill it up at home, as they have all season.
LAC is repping the fourth best home scoring output in the league, averaging 117.16 points per contest at the Staple Center.
This is not ideal for the Spurs, who are already giving up 115.5 points per game when playing away, the 21st-worst in the NBA.
With a healthy and fully loaded Clipper squad, there is likely plenty of points to go around to go Over that 227.5 mark.