Pro Basketball Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers
Thursday, 2/21/13, 10:30 PM EST, TV:  TNT
Opening Point Spread:  Los Angeles -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Los Angeles -3
Opening Total:  200
Current Total:  200
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Los Angeles Clippers are 21-5 at the Staples Center this season
The Los Angeles Clippers are 21-5 at the Staples Center this season

San Antonio has won 15 of its last 16 games, including a 108-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings as nine-point road favorites Tuesday night, as it possesses the league’s best record away from home.  The Spurs have been led by point guard Tony Parker on the offensive end, as he’s averaging 29.0 points and 9.0 assists over the last five games.  “He’s have an unbelievable year,” commented Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.  San Antonio is 10-7 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 11-6 in that situation.

The Spurs have dropped both meetings against the Clippers this year, including a 92-87 setback as 4.5-point home favorites on Nov. 19.  San Antonio is 13-4 ATS when revenging a home loss versus an opponent the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA expert picks Thursday night.  Offensively, the team ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring 104.3 points per game, while sitting behind just one team in shooting 48.7 percent from the field.

Los Angeles put together a four-game win streak before the All-Star break, as it scored 102 or more points in each of those contests.  The Clippers have averaged 110.0 points over that span, with point guard Chris Paul playing some great basketball, while also being named MVP over the weekend in a West victory over the East in Houston.  He is averaging 16.6 points and 9.6 assists during the 2012-13 NBA regular season.  Los Angeles is 9-2 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 6-5 in that situation.

The Clippers are 21-5 overall at the Staples Center, including a 15-3 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Los Angeles ranks fourth in the NBA in team field goal percentage, while sitting fifth in averaging 45.3 points per game in the paint.  Power forward Blake Griffin has averaged 20.3 points in eight regular-season meetings against Tim Duncan, as he has shot 51.8 percent in playing 36.8 minutes.

Sports bettors will likely back the Clippers due to their 4-1 ATS mark at home versus teams with a winning road record, while the Spurs are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games versus teams with a winning percentage above .600.

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