Those old-pro San Antonio Spurs, up to their same old tricks – winning games - in the early going of this season, give one of the upstarts of the Western Conference a shot to knock them off when they pay a visit on the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night.
The Spurs and
Clippers Clash at Staples Center
Can the Spurs stay perfect on the season with a
fifth-straight win? Or can the Clippers put the old-timers in their place? And
which way are we going with our money on this game?
One of these days the Spurs are going to get old and go into
decline. When that's going to happen, we're not quite sure. We've been thinking
it could happen at any time for about three years now, but obviously we don't
know what we're talking about.
San Antonio is off to a 4-0 start to this season. The Spurs
opened with a four-point win at New Orleans, then went home and beat Oklahoma
City by a bucket and Utah by 10.
Then Monday night San Antonio dumped Indiana 101-79, as five
Spurs scored in double-figures and ten played double-digit minutes. What's it
say when Duncan and Parker both play just 26 minutes and Ginobili plays 17 and
San Antonio still breezes to a victory and a cover? That's a team we like to
So far, through their first four games, the Spurs have shot
49 percent from the floor and held opponents to 41 percent shooting.
Personnel-wise the Spurs are almost exactly the same team
that won a league-high 50 games last year, including 20 in a row into the
playoffs before falling in the Western Conference Finals. But the supporting
cast is another year older and another year better.
On the other side of this matchup LA has split its first
four games, all of which have been played at Staples Center. The Clippers began
with a victory over Memphis and another over the Lakers, but then lost at home
to Golden State as eight-point favorites 114-110. Then Monday night LA shot 53
percent from the floor but turned the ball over a ridiculous 25 times in losing
as 10-point favorites to Cleveland 108-101.
Through their first four games the Clippers have shot 48
percent from the field, and allowed foes to shoot 45 percent.
After its success of last season, when they went 40-26 and
won a playoff series, LA went out and brought in veteran talent in the form of
Lamar Odom, Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill and others, and let go guys like Mo
Williams, Randy Foye, Nick Young and Kenyon Martin. But the jury might be out
for a while before deciding whether those moves made this team better or worse.
Last year San Antonio took two of three games from the
Clippers during the regular season, then swept LA out of the second round of
the playoffs in four games. The Spurs also went 5-2 ATS in those games.
Over the course of those seven games San Antonio outshot Los
Angeles from the floor 50 percent to 45 percent.
Betting Odds and Trends
As of Tuesday AM most NBA betting outlets were listing San
Antonio as a 1.5-point odds favorite for this game, although Bovada was giving LA
Also, most shops were listing the total on this game at
200.5, up from the opening 199.5.
Five of the seven games these teams played last season
played OVER on the totals, as the games averaged a shade under 200 total points
Imagine that; the total on this game is listed at right
around 200, and the seven games these teams played last year averaged 200
The Clippers are 4-0 on the OVER/UNDERS this season.
Free NBA Pick for
San Antonio is smart, deep, well-coached and battle-tested.
Pretty much all the things we look for when we're trying to make the wise
wager. So, we'll give the short spread and take the Spurs Wednesday night.