Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs ATS Prediction

Victor TrejosBasketball, NBA

The Los Angeles Clippers (17-10) will travel to the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs (14-14). The Spurs opened as 2-point favorites. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 224 points and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southwest at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds

The Spurs will look to maintain momentum after easily covering the 13-point spread against the Phoenix Suns in their last matchup, 111-86. The Clippers, meanwhile, were blown out by the Toronto Raptors, 123-99, and were unable to cover as 3-point underdogs. The San Antonio game finished 19.5 points under the projected point total of 216.5, while the Los Angeles game went 3 points over the projected point total of 219.

San Antonio played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.193 (below their season average of 0.201) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.572 (above their season average of 0.513). For those same stats, Phoenix was 0.146 and 0.451, respectively. Los Angeles, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (16-19; 84.2 percent). Bryn Forbes put together a solid performance for San Antonio with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Los Angeles was lifted by Boban Marjanovic, who put up 18 points and seven rebounds.

In their first matchup this season, Tobias Harris led the Clippers to a 116-111 win. He produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The two teams combined to score 227 points, which was over the projected point total of 217, and Los Angeles was unable to cover as a 6-point favorite. Los Angeles did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (28-35; 80.0 percent). San Antonio, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (4.2 vs. 10.7).

Clippers games have typically gone over the total (63.0 percent). Los Angeles comes into the contest with records of 17-10 straight up (SU) and 15-12 against the spread (ATS).

Games featuring the Spurs also have typically gone over the O/U total (60.7 percent). Additionally, San Antonio owns records of 14-14 SU and 14-13-1 ATS.

San Antonio could put on a ball-control clinic in this contest. San Antonio ranks second in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.1 percent), while Los Angeles forces the fewest turnovers (11.4 percent). Moreover, the Clippers, who rank 21st in offensive rebounding percentage (22.2 percent), might struggle to get second chance points against the Spurs, who rank fifth in defensive rebounding percentage (79.0 percent).

Clippers at Spurs Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Clippers, ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Neither of these teams are great at stealing the ball. The Spurs are 28 in the league with 5.964285714285714 steals per game while the Clippers are 29 with 5.962962962962963 steals per game.
  • San Antonio ranks fifth in blocks allowed per game (4.5) while Los Angeles ranks 25th (6.1).
  • The Clippers rank 20th in fast break points per game (11.4) while the Spurs rank last (9.0).
  • San Antonio averages 44.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 18th in the NBA. Los Angeles ranks 23rd in rebounds allowed per game (46.4).
  • Neither of these teams shoot many long balls. Los Angeles is 28 in the NBA with 24.925925925925927 three pointers per game while San Antonio is last with 24.142857142857142 threes per game.
  • The Clippers rank eighth in points in the paint per game (51.3) while the Spurs rank 25th (43.4).
  • The Spurs rank 15 in assists per game (23.964285714285715) while the Clippers rank 18 in assists allowed per game (23.925925925925927).
  • Los Angeles is 27 in the league with 14.777777777777779 points off turnovers per game while San Antonio is 28 with 14.214285714285714 points off turnovers per game.
  • San Antonio ranks 10th in second chance points allowed per game (12.4) while Los Angeles ranks 25th (15.0).
  • When holding opponents under 100 points, Los Angeles is 3-1 and San Antonio is 6-1.
  • When scoring over 100 points, the Clippers are 17-6 and the Spurs are 13-9.
  • San Antonio is 9-5 ATS at home, while Los Angeles is 7-8 ATS on the road.
  • The Clippers have 10 overs and 5 unders in 15 road games.
  • The Spurs have 8 overs and 6 unders in 14 home games.

Bettings Trends:

  • The Spurs are 3-1-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Clippers are 1-4.
  • In their last five games, San Antonio has 3 overs and 2 unders, while Los Angeles has 3 overs, 1 under and 1 push.
  • During their last five games, the Spurs have scored an average of 114.4 points per game (4.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 112.6 points per game (0.2 above their season average).
  • The Clippers have been outscored by an average of 10.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Los Angeles has defeated opponents by an average of 2.1 points.