The Spurs improved in recent weeks, securing wins against some of the league’s frontrunners. We see plenty of improvement coming from the team which should help them move up from the No. 12 seed. The Texan team tries to bounce back from a road loss to the Kings. On the other hand, the Clippers aim to snap a two-game losing streak. They return home from a one-point loss to the Thunder and are eager to retrieve some of the morale lost on the road.
That said, we take a good look at the upcoming Spurs vs. Clippers game. Find essential information like event details, crucial stats, and the latest NBA odds. More than that, Nitrobetting shares betting trends and predictions that help you lock in on the best picks.
Spurs vs. Clippers Game Information
- When: Monday, December 20, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: WOAI 1200 AM (Spurs) / 710 ESPNLA (Clippers)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Spurs (+4.5) / Clippers (-4.5)
Why Bet on the San Antonio Spurs?
The Spurs produced surprising wins against the Jazz, Nuggets, and the Warriors. There is no question that they have what it takes to take down the biggest teams in the league right now. What holds the team back is their lack of consistency. Nevertheless, we expect the side to put the Clippers under a lot of pressure come Monday night.
The side averages 109.5 points (11th) per game. This is impressive for a squad that experienced ups and downs early into the season. They have the biggest offensive threat in the paint and score 54.0 points (first) in the area. And knowing how Gregg Popovich operates, there’s no question that the team holds the second-best record in assists per game right now (28.0). This should spell trouble for the Clippers who give up at least 48.5 points in the paint (28th) per game.
Meanwhile, the Spurs are still lacking on the defensive end. They give up 110.1 opponent points (23rd) per game. Although they have better rebounding numbers, 53.0 (17th) versus 52.0 (21st), the Clippers still have the better defense on paper.
The Spurs have a healthy starting lineup save for Doug McDermott who is currently out with a tooth infection. Lonnie Walker IV is expected to take his spot while the starting forward recovers.
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Clippers?
The Clippers face injury trouble with starters Paul George and Marcus Morris Sr. on the list, leaving Luke Kennard and Terance Mann with more responsibility until the starters are healthy enough to return. This void affected the team’s performance the past two games, which includes losses in the hands of the Jazz and the Thunder.
What the Clippers bring in this game is defensive strength. They average 104.9 opponent points per game and are the sixth-best record in the league right now. The team also holds opponents to 50.6% from the two-point range (fourth) and 33.8% from beyond the arc (ninth). These are enough to trouble a Spurs team that struggles to shoot the ball.
Looking at the offense, the Clippers are expected to take their chances from downtown. The team hits 36.2% of their three-point attempts (eighth) and should test the Spurs who can only hold teams to 35.0% three-point shooting (16th). Furthermore, the Clippers are the steadier team recently, winning four of their last six games.
Spurs vs. Clippers Betting Trends
- The Spurs are 2-3 in the last five regular-season road games against the Clippers (3-2 ATS).
- The Spurs are 3-2 in the last five regular-season road games (4-1 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Spurs’ last seven regular-season road games against the Clippers.
- The Clippers are 5-3 in the last eight regular-season home games against the Spurs (3-5 ATS).
- The Clippers are 3-3 in the last six regular-season games at the STAPLES Center.
- The totals have gone under in three of the Clippers’ last three games against the Spurs.
Spurs vs. Clippers Expert Betting Prediction
The Clippers now play in the comfort of their home crowd as they try to get back on track. They enter the game as the clear favorites, but cannot afford to slack off with two of their starters out of the lineup. The Spurs have good chances of covering the spread but have to be at their best to bring this one home. If they can capitalize on the absence of George and Morris, we might see the squad keeping the scoreline close throughout the contest.
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