NBA Picks: Clippers vs. Spurs

Steven Suarez

Friday, March 29, 2013 12:12 PM GMT

Chris Paul and the Clippers head to Texas to do battle with another top-tier Western Conference squad in San Antonio. What are the basketball odds looking like for this one?

Odds Overview

The Spurs are the 4 point favorites on the NBA odds board at the moment, while the total is at 201.5.

These lines could easily shift as we approach game-time, so make sure you're constantly checking the updated NBA odds at SBRodds.com.

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Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers have been off since Wednesday's 105-91 road win over the Hornets in New Orleans. It was their third win in four games.

An extremely balanced offensive effort was what keyed L.A. Five different players reached double figures and ten players had at least six points. Chris Paul led the charge with 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals.

In spite of the fact they won and covered against the Hornets, the Clippers have gone a poor 2-5 ATS over their previous seven contests overall, though they will run into a San Antonio team that's 1-4 ATS over their past five at home.

Make sure you check on Chauncey Billups' status for the game. He re-aggravated a groin strain in the 'W' over New Orleans and is currently listed as doubtful, and there are also rumors that he could be out for the rest of the season.

Still, the Clippers should be able to cope without Billups considering the level of depth they have within their rotation. Vinny Del Negro has the luxury of being able to bring very abled bodies off his bench, many of which would start on a lot of other NBA teams.

San Antonio Spurs

Two nights ago the Spurs toppled Denver by one point in a 100-99 win at home. That said, they didn't come close to sniffing out an ATS cover as similar 5.5-point favorites.

The Nuggets, like they do to pretty much every other team, dismantled the Spurs in points in the paint, but San Antonio held on once again.

Tony Parker had 18 points and 11 asssists, Danny Green nailed six threes and finished with 20 points, and Tim Duncan was a monster, logging 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks against the hapless Nuggets.

Parker has made an instant impact since returning from a lengthy absence, but he sprained his finger and had to have X-rays. Obviously that's another injury that you need to be tracking before making your final sports picks, but we fully expect Parker to be out there.

Good thing too. The Spurs need Parker out there to counter-act what CP3 will be bringing to the table. The Frenchman was a class above Paul in the last head-to-head meeting, outscoring him 31-4.

NBA Pick 

Three times these Western Conference powers have met up, with the Clippers winning twice. They've also covered in two of the three matchups.

Both teams are extremely deep, but in the end we like San Antonio to even up the series series, while cashing ATS for their backers as well.

This will be L.A.'s third game in four nights, whereas the Spurs will be playing for the third time in six days. That difference in rest should help out San Antonio here, as we back them with our sports picks for tonight's action.

NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs -4 at 5Dimes