In one of 11 games on Wednesday in the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers will travel down to the Lone Star state to play the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 p.m. ET. This is the first of a two-game series between the two squads.
The Clippers are coming into this game on a two-game winning streak after defeating the Atlanta Hawks 119-110 on Monday. Los Angeles has a record of 5-5 in their last 10 games but they are 1-5 in their last six road contests. The Spurs lost to the Charlotte Hornets 100-97 on Monday night, giving them a two-game losing streak. San Antonio will be looking to bounce back against a Clippers team, who they defeated earlier this season 116-113. The Spurs have a record of 5-5 in their last 10 games.
Can the Spurs steal another win over the Clippers? Or will the Clippers be able to fix their road woes? We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.
Pick ATS: Clippers -5.5
The line for Wednesday night’s game is currently set at -5.5 points, with the Clippers being favored on the road. As previously mentioned, Los Angeles has struggled on the road lately losing five out of their last six games.
They also have a record of 1-5 against the spread in their last six road contests. Overall, the Clippers are 12-11 ATS away from the Staples Center and 4-2 ATS in their last six games. LA will not have Serge Ibaka or Patrick Beverley against the Spurs, but they still have the duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
In the Clippers’ last five games, Leonard is averaging 21.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. George is only averaging 17.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per game. However, the veteran is struggling with his shot, only shooting 39.7% from the field but 37.8% from behind the arc. As for the Spurs, they’ve been a pretty good as an underdog this season.
The Spurs are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games and 4-2 ATS in their last six home games against the Clippers. However, they are only 10-11 ATS at home this season. When these two teams played earlier in the season, the Clippers did not have George who was out with a sore right ankle.
That being said, San Antonio will be without Lonnie Walker IV due to a wrist injury, while Rudy Gay is listed as questionable with a foot injury. If Gay cannot play that will put more responsibility on the shoulders on Patty Mills to lead the charge off the bench.
Player Prop: Dejounte Murray O4.5 assists (+106)
The San Antonio Spurs young point guard will be looking to rebound from a less than stellar performance against the Hornets on Wednesday. In that game, Murray had nine points, four assists, and seven rebounds.
This season, he’s averaging 15.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. In the Spurs’ last five games, Murray is only averaging 3.8 assists, which might make you hesitant to play this prop.
However, when you look at the totality of his stats this season, Murray has gone over 4.5 assists in 18 out of 39 games played. This season, the Clippers are allowing 23.3 assists per game, but only 20 in their last three games. I think Murray can at least have five out of those 20, if that’s the benchmark.
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