The Spurs will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in the NBA, the first game of a double header between these two sides in San Antonio.
The Spurs (22-18, 10-11 home) have been quite the surprise this season, as they were expected to be a decent side, but not in the playoff picture in the tough Western Conference. However, good team play and an arguably favorable schedule have them as a 7th seed right now, even with LaMarcus Aldridge sitting out as the Spurs are looking to trade him. That being said, the Spurs have lost their last two games and haven’t beaten a good team in a long while.
The Clippers (28-16, 13-10 away) have won two in a row and are currently third in the West. They have looked good all season and surely want to take advantage of Lebron’s injury for the Lakers, securing a Top 3 or Top 2 seed by the end of the regular season.
Injury report: Besides LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs will be without Lonnie Walker, while Rudy Gay is questionable. The Clippers will miss Ibaka and Beverley.
San Antonio is having a great season so far, but there’s a feeling that the law of averages might come into play and they might start losing – this is a superbly coached team, but the talent isn’t as good as their record. With two consecutive losses and the schedule toughening up, this will be a telling stretch for the Spurs.
Fact is, if you look at their results, the Spurs haven’t beaten a team with a winning record since February 13th – and that was a win against Atlanta, which barely has a winning record in the East, and did not have one back then. The Spurs haven’t beaten a really good team since January, when they defeated the Nuggets – that was 22 matches ago!
The only time these two sides met this season San Antonio won by 3, but they had Aldridge and LA didn’t have Paul George.
I think the Clippers with Kawhi and Paul George both healthy will have too much for these Spurs. I’m backing Los Angeles to win this one with a 5 point (asian) handicap. Prediction: San Antonio Spurs – LA Clippers 105 – 117.