NBA Betting Picks: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs
Friday, 3/29/13, 8:30 PM EST, TV:  FSSW
Opening Point Spread:  San Antonio -4.5
Current Betting Line:  San Antonio -4.5
Opening Total:  197.5
Current Total:  197.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The San Antonio Spurs are 31-4 SU at home this season
The San Antonio Spurs are 31-4 SU at home this season

Los Angeles has won three of its last four games, including a 105-91 victory over the New Orleans Hornets as 5.5-point road favorites Wednesday night, while going OVER the total for a third consecutive contest.  “At the beginning of the season, we set some goals for the team,” stated Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro.  The Clippers are going to the postseason in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1991-92 and 92-93.  Los Angeles is 18-18 ATS on the road this season, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA picks against the spread Friday night.

The Clippers are 21-15 overall away from the Staples Center, which includes a 12-9 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Los Angeles has never won three straight games in San Antonio in franchise history, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds page.  The team is 14-6 over its last 20 games, which is tied for the fourth best mark in the NBA in that span that started on Feb. 10.

San Antonio has won five of its last six games, including a 100-99 victory over the Denver Nuggets as 6.5-point home favorites Wednesday night, while going UNDER the total in two consecutive contests.  The Spurs are 31-4 overall at the AT&T Center, including a 21-3 mark versus conference rivals.  Offensively, the team ranks fourth in the league in scoring 104.3 points per game, while sitting second in knocking down 48.6 percent of its shots.  San Antonio is 18-15-2 ATS at home this season, with the UNDER going 22-13 in that situation.

The Spurs are third in the NBA in outscoring opponents by an average of 7.8 points per game, which is impressive when you consider they’ve used 13 different starters during the 2012-13 campaign.  Forward Tim Duncan is the player to watch on the offensive end, as he’s averaged 25.0 points and 14.8 rebounds over his last five home games.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spurs due to their 7-3 ATS mark at home versus the Clippers.

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