Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 3/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-5.5)
The San Antonio Spurs (22-18) host the Los Angeles Clippers (28-16) at AT&T Center on Wednesday. Los Angeles opens this game as 5.5-point favorites. The total opens at 220.5.
The Los Angeles Clippers played the Atlanta Hawks and went home with a win by a final score of 119-110 in their last game. Los Angeles walked away from the contest with a 49.4% field goal percentage (42 of 85) and converted 17 out of their 38 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Clippers made 18 of 20 tries for a percentage of 90.0%. In relation to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 44 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 26 assists in this matchup while forcing 7 turnovers and earning 4 steals. With regard to defense, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 45.3% from the floor on 43 out of 95 shooting. Atlanta earned 21 assists and had 3 steals in the matchup. In addition, Atlanta snagged 48 rebounds (15 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 7 blocks. Atlanta finished the game shooting 75.0% at the charity stripe by making 12 of 16 tries. They buried 12 out of their 34 attempts from beyond the arc.
Kawhi Leonard is one guy who came through in this matchup. He racked up 25 points on 8 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 33:28 mins and grabbed 7 boards. Leonard walked away from this one shooting 57.1% from the floor and distributed 5 dimes. Another guy that played a role in the game for the Clippers was Marcus Morris. He collected 2 rebounds in his 27:03 min played. He finished the game at 54.5% from the floor for this game via 6-of-11 (19 points). Overall, Morris earned 1 assist.
Los Angeles enters this game with a win-loss record of 28-16 for the year. The Clippers are hitting 41.4% on 3-pointers (633 of 1,528) and 84.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 114.8 points per outing (8th in the league) while connecting on 48.3% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per game and as a unit they commit 19.1 personal fouls every game. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling down 44.0 rebounds per contest and has 1,071 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 15th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end of the court, the Clippers have forced 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.9 fouls. They are conceding 36.4% on 3-pointers while they are 6th in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.3). The Clippers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 47.0% (573 of 788) and they relinquish 41.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 14th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,027 surrendered for the year.
The last time they took the court, the San Antonio Spurs walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 100-97 against the Charlotte Hornets. The Spurs were able to snag 33 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 38 in this game. They gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while recording 5 steals for this contest. The Hornets were called for 14 personal fouls for this game which took the Spurs to the free throw line for 17 attempts. They were able to make 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 82.4%. With respect to shooting from distance, San Antonio made 11 out of their 32 tries (34.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Spurs walked away from this one shooting 36 for 78 from the field which gave them a rate of 46.2%. The Spurs allowed the Hornets to convert 34 out of their 81 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.0% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 37.5% from beyond the arc by hitting 12 of 32 and ended up going 20 out of 23 at the free throw line (87.0%). With respect to cleaning the glass, San Antonio permitted Charlotte to get 40 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
DeMar DeRozan was important for the Spurs for this game. He made 11 of 16 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 68.8%, and accounted for 2 rebounds. DeRozan totaled 28 points in his 34:59 mins on the court and accounted for 5 assists in the game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for San Antonio was Derrick White. He left the arena with 1 assist in 35:39 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 7 out of 11 from the floor. White finished going 63.6% from the floor while contributing 21 points and 3 boards.
San Antonio has a win-loss mark of 22-18 for the season. San Antonio has 4,399 pts so far this year (110.0 per game) and they grab 44.2 rebounds per game. The Spurs are committing 17.3 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 78.8% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Spurs are shooting 45.8% from the field, which has them ranked 19th in the league. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.6 times per game (17th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 11.4 times per contest. The Spurs on the defensive side of the court are 8th in the league in PPG allowed with 110.1. The San Antonio defense allows 37.5% on shots from beyond the arc (507 of 1,353) and their opponents are making 74.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 24.6 dimes and 47.7 boards per game, which is 14th and 28th in the league. They are able to force 13.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (13th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-5.5)
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