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Tips For Betting On Spurs Clippers – Clippers Have Been A Thorn In The Spurs' Side

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/19/2013 6:05:06 PM

Two of the Western Conference’s top teams square off in the post-All-Star break portion of the NBA season, as the L.A. Clippers look to win the season series against the San Antonio Spurs.

San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Clippers – Thursday, February 21     
Sport betting line: No line

Why San Antonio Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they won't have to come up with overly complex reasons for a triumph by the Spurs. The Spurs present a difficult matchup for the Clippers despite two earlier Clipper wins, mostly because of L.A.’s strength on defense is on-ball pressure, while the Spurs move the ball about as well as any team in basketball. The Spurs shoot the second-highest percentage from the floor in the NBA and the fourth-best from three-point range.

This proficiency exists because they consistently find a way to get open looks. Few teams cover side to side well enough to match up with San Antonio’s shooters and slashers. Tony Parker had an exceptional series a year ago when these teams met up in the postseason and has been playing at an MVP level most of the year (while LeBron James and Kevin Durant play in an alternate universe). The Clippers foul more than most teams in the league, and the Spurs are deadly at the line.

The Spurs to date have been the league’s best road team at 20-10 and have the NBA’s best record despite regularly sitting one or two starters for rest. San Antonio is a deep team, one of the few in the NBA that can go toe to toe with the Clippers’ depth for 48 minutes. Knowing it needs a win to avoid losing the season series, expect a big effort from San Antonio.

Why Los Angeles Will Win

In a hardwood version of poker, NBA basketball teams need to have a great dealer, and the return of the Clippers' dime-dropping floor leader is exactly why they're in good position to take this game. While the Clippers hit a bit of a rut in recent weeks, most of that was with Chris Paul sidelined with a knee injury. In fact, it’s debatable that when the squad is fully healthy, the Clippers have been as good as anyone in basketball.

The Clippers' defense has been solid all season, with excellent perimeter defense and the ability to hold the opposition to low shooting percentages. In the first two meetings, Chris Paul has played pretty well against Parker. More importantly, Parker has been very inefficient as a scorer in the two prior meetings. While Duncan is the all-time great on the San Antonio roster, Parker makes the Spurs go now, and few teams have done a better job on him than the Clippers. L.A. has been one of the top home teams in the NBA this year, and San Antonio will be hard pressed to answer the bell.

The Clippers need to limit turnovers, which they struggle with, and push tempo against the Spurs. The Clips must make San Antonio beat their defense in a halfcourt set, when the Clippers can suffocate teams.

Who Will Win

While the Spurs are regarded as the bigger NBA Finals threat and have a deep, talented team, it seems as though the Clippers match up well with them this year. At home, Los Angeles should clinch a season series victory.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Los Angeles Clippers

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