Trouble is brewing in Los Angeles where the Clippers have fallen on hard times. Not only has the team lost 5 games in a row, but they have also lost its last 4 games in a row at home. All of a sudden, one of the better offensive teams in the NBA is having difficulty scoring. Over its 5-game losing streak, the team is only averaging 105 PPG, 10 points less than its season average. To make matters worse, it looks like 3rd leading scorer Lou Williams (18.7 PPG) could miss a few games with a hamstring issue. That’s going to put extra pressure on leading scorers Tobias Harris (20.9 PPG) and Danilo Gallinari (19.0) to step up their efforts.
After a couple of nice victories on the road, the Spurs will return home for just this one game before getting a little breather with only two games in the next six days. This will be a good opportunity for the Spurs to let it all hang out. Unlike other Spurs teams in recent years, this team plays with a little pace. That has translated to the Spurs having the 11th best scoring offense in the NBA at 112 PPG. They are doing this with very good shooting behind an offense that ranks 5th in field goal percentage at 47.9% and 1st in 3-point shooting at just over 40%. G DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge are providing much of the offense with 21.7 PPG and 20.6 PPG respectively.
Prediction: Earlier this year, the Spurs put a hurting on the Clippers in San Antonio 125-87. Now the Clippers will be coming back to town with one of its best offensive weapons dealing with an injury. This is a bad matchup for the Clippers. Any line under double digits would make the Spurs a strong play. Play San Antonio (score – San Antonio 128-111)
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