Clippers vs. Spurs NBA Pick: Elimination Game at Hand in Game 6

David Lawrence

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 1:52 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015 1:52 PM GMT

The Clippers & the Spurs have played a series every bit as good and close and entertaining as a lot of NBA fans and pundits were expecting. Can Clippers cash on the NBA betting odds lines and survive?

The Los Angeles Clippers Can Win Because…
They won in San Antonio in Game 4. They can do it all over again on Thursday in Game 6. The Clippers are an even match for the Spurs, and it’s not as though they lost by a wide margin in Game 5 on Tuesday. In fact, if they had not committed basket interference on a shot with five seconds left in the game, they might have won. DeAndre Jordan might have tipped a ball that was going to stay in the basket, though replays were inconclusive. Nevertheless, the point is that the Clippers were right there in the final seconds with a chance to win. This is true even though Los Angeles made just 26 of 42 free throws, and only 1 of 14 three-point shots. If the Clippers get just a little more three-point shooting and can be a little more consistent at the free throw stripe, they can beat the Spurs again on the road. Blake Griffin has continued to play really well this series, as has Chris Paul. J.J. Redick didn’t find his three-point shooting game in Game 5, but he did a lot of other things well, spacing the floor and getting to the basket at times. Jordan was a strong defensive presence, as usual – the three best players for Los Angeles were great. This team needs just a little more from its bench. It’s not a lot, just a little. The Clippers will win this game if they just improve on a few possessions.

Los Angeles can also feel confident going into San Antonio because the Spurs still aren’t getting what they want from Tiago Splitter – two points in Game 5 – or Danny Green, who was just 1 of 5 on threes in Game 5. If the Spurs’ supporting cast continues to struggle, the Clippers will have a shot.

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The San Antonio Spurs Can Win Because…
Their bench continues to make a difference. Boris Diaw was the big bench player for San Antonio in Game 5, with his defense, rebounding, and late scoring. Diaw hit a corner three to give San Antonio a seven-point lead with under four minutes left. He came up with an offensive rebound to keep one possession alive, and after Tim Duncan blocked Blake Griffin in the paint, Diaw came up with a strip of Griffin after Griffin pulled in the loose ball. Diaw finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Manu Ginobili scored 14, but his points didn’t come late. Diaw was the main bench player down the stretch for the Spurs, who were once again led by Tim Duncan’s defense and his 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting. Duncan and Kawhi Leonard starring, with the bench supporting those two players, has been the consistent formula for the Spurs. San Antonio outscored the Clippers in bench points, 48-17. This was a lot like the Game 2 win in L.A. One stronger bench effort should seal the series for the Spurs.
San Antonio has been placed as a 5.5-point home favorites on the NBA odds board but are they a solid pick for this match? 

 

Outlook
The Spurs were in trouble in this series, but after winning a second time in Los Angeles, the NBA’s most successful organization in the 21st century is right where it wants to be. The Clippers can win in San Antonio again, but you get the feeling they needed to win Game 5 in order to win the series. Take San Antonio in Game 6 with your NBA picks.

NBA Pick: San Antonio at GTBets

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