San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers NBA Picks & Predictions 12/29/2018
Saturday, December 29, 2018
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The San Antonio Spurs travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, December 29, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles as 4 point favorites.
The Spurs head into this matchup with a mark of 19-16. They are 2nd in the Southwest Division. They have a point differential of 2.0 as they average 111.3 points per contest while giving up 109.3 per game. The Clippers have an overall record of 20-14 this season. They are 2nd in the Pacific Division. They average 115.9 points per game and surrender 114.7, good for a point differential of 1.2.
Valuable San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
The San Antonio Spurs are 19-15-1 against the spread
The San Antonio Spurs are 19-16-0 against the over/under
Important Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers are 20-14-0 against the spread
The Los Angeles Clippers are 22-11-0 against the over/under
Key San Antonio Spurs Injuries
11/11/18 C Pau Gasol Foot is out indefinitely
10/08/18 G Dejounte Murray ACL is out for season
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
11/29/18 F Luc Mbah a Moute Knee is out indefinitely
LaMarcus Aldridge comes into this contest averaging 18.9 points per game while playing 32.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 83%. DeMar DeRozan averages 23.3 points per game in 35.0 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.2 assists per contest and 5.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 48% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Danilo Gallinari averages 19.5 points per game while playing 31.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.1 rebounds per game and has 2.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 92%. Tobias Harris averages 21.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.2 rebounds per contest and 2.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
San Antonio averages 111.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.0 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 7th. Behind the arc they shoot 40% which is good for 1st in the league. They average 44.7 rebounds per game and 24.6 assists per game, which ranks them 17th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 30th with 12.0 per game. The Spurs allow 109.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 23rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.9 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 24.4 assists per contest, which puts them in 22nd place in the league. They force 12.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 3rd in the league with 115.9 points per game this year. They are 4th in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 1.2. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 2nd in the NBA. They are 11th in the league in rebounding with 45.9 boards per game, and 23rd in assists per contest with 22.6. The Clippers are 16th in turnovers per game with 14.2. The Clippers surrender 114.7 points per contest, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 12th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They rank 14th with 24.0 assists allowed per contest and 19th with 45.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Clippers are 1st in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 11.6 per game.
The Spurs are 6th in the league in defensive rating with 111.2, and their offensive rating of 113.2 is ranked 20th. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 97.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 11th. As a unit they are 7th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 28% of their shot attempts, ranking 30th in the NBA. San Antonio is 29th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 10.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 12th in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 17th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 23rd in the league. The Clippers are 4th in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.9, and their defensive rating of 112.7 is ranked 25th. In terms of pace they are 9th in the league with 100.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 8th. As a team they are 2nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shots, ranking 29th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Spurs/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles -4
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