The San Antonio Spurs (11-16) will be at home in the AT&T Center when they go head-to-head against the Los Angeles Clippers (21-9). Los Angeles opened as a 6-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 223 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019, and it can be seen on FSN Prime Ticket.
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In the Clippers’ last matchup, they fell to the Houston Rockets, 122-117, despite being 5-point favorites. With 34 points on 12-for-23 shooting, Paul George was Los Angeles’ leading scorer. Houston did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (22-29; 75.9 percent). Los Angeles, meanwhile, made 16 of their 37 three pointers (43.2 percent). The two teams combined to score 239 points, which came in just over the projected point total of 236.5.
The Spurs will look to maintain momentum after comfortably covering the 4.5-point spread against the Brooklyn Nets in their last matchup, 118-105. LaMarcus Aldridge played a pivotal role for San Antonio with 20 points and 10 rebounds. San Antonio played a nearly perfect game. They had a great turnover percentage of 9.4 (better than their season average of 11.7) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.1 (above their season average of 21.6). For those same stats, Brooklyn was 15.8 and 15.0, respectively. The two squads collectively scored 223 points, which came in over the O/U total of 219.5.
These two teams have already met twice this season, each winning once. In the most recent matchup, Aldridge put up 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Spurs defeated the Clippers 107-97, covering as 5-point underdogs. The two teams combined to put up 204 points, which was 20 points below the projected point total of 224 points. The Spurs’ turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Clippers. San Antonio had a rate of 8.3, while Los Angeles posted a mark of 12.5.
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Games including Los Angeles have finished under 56.7 percent of the time, while 55.6 percent of San Antonio games have finished over. The Clippers come into this game with considerably better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 21-9 SU and 16-13-1 ATS, while the Spurs are 11-16 SU and 7-18-2 ATS.
Los Angeles could have their way on defense as they clash against one of the worst offenses in the league. The Clippers currently rank fourth in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.496), while San Antonio is 22nd in effective field goal percentage (0.512).
Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs Prediction
NBA Tip: SU Winner – Clippers, ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Over
The Spurs average 14.4 fast break points per game, which ranks 10th in the league. The Clippers rank 26th in fast break points allowed per game (15.0).
Los Angeles ranks fifth in points allowed in the paint per game (44.3) while San Antonio ranks 17th (48.5).
San Antonio ranks first in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.0) while Los Angeles ranks 15th (17.2).
San Antonio ranks seventh in blocks per game (5.9) while Los Angeles ranks 15th in blocks allowed per game (4.9).
San Antonio is 4-11 ATS at home, while Los Angeles is 6-8 ATS on the road.
Of the Clippers’ 14 road games, they have 7 overs and 7 unders.
The Spurs have 8 overs, 6 unders and 1 push in 15 home games.
When allowing less than 100 points, San Antonio is 1-0 and Los Angeles is 10-0.
When reaching the century mark, the Spurs are 11-13 and the Clippers are 19-5.
The Clippers rank 17th in three pointers attempted per game (32.6) while the Spurs rank last (26.4).
Los Angeles ranks second in rebounds per game (48.2) while San Antonio ranks 25th in rebounds allowed per game (46.7).
The Clippers rank second in second chance points per game (14.9) while the Spurs rank 24th (12.1).
The Clippers rank 15th in steals per game (7.9) while the Spurs rank 26th (6.8).
Los Angeles ranks fourth in assists allowed per game (22.4) while San Antonio ranks 22nd (25.1).
San Antonio is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Los Angeles is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Spurs have outscored opponents by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. For the season, San Antonio has been defeated by an average of 3.0 points.
During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 115.8 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 107.8 points per game (0.4 below their season average).