Tip off at 12:30pm AEDT
Los Angeles Clippers: $1.41 with Bet365
San Antonio Spurs: $3.05 with Sportsbet
Kawhi Leonard will face his old franchise for the second time in the 2019-20 NBA season as the Los Angeles Clippers take on the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
With no major injuries to either side, the game looms as a great matchup between two Western Conference teams that have star duos.
DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge have been together under head coach Gregg Popovich for a few seasons now, but this has been the Spurs’ worst start to a season in over 20 years.
A timely win over the Knicks saved the Spurs from losing 10 straight matches, but their time in the winners’ circle may be brief.
In contrast, the Clippers have made a strong start while managing their players perfectly and now sit top of the NBA title betting at $4 with Sportsbet.com.au.
Leonard and Paul George work together as well as expected and have won the Clippers 11 of their last 14 games, giving them one of the league’s best records at 14-5.
Players such as Patrick Patterson, Maurice Harkless and JaMychal Green have allowed the already stacked Clippers bench to become what other franchises would call a starting five.
Add those aforementioned three players alongside Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell and you have a team that would be competitive in the modern NBA.
It will be up to Popovich and the Spurs to find a way around the powerful Clippers roster in this home match.
Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs betting predictions
Patrick Beverley over 14.5 points + rebounds @ $1.92 with Sportsbet
For a guard that plays excellent defence, Patrick Beverley is an outstanding rebounder with multiple games tallying double digits, including a 16-rebound game against the Boston Celtics. The hustle and tenacity of Pat Bev will outweigh the likes of Bryn Forbes and Dejounte Murray, who are not going to match Beverley for the entire game. If he hits his three-pointers in this game, Beverley will easily exceed the 14.5 mark.
DeMar DeRozan over 20.5 points @ $1.93 with Sportsbet
When the Clippers and Spurs faced off on November 1, it was DeMar DeRozan who led San Antonio from the front. Scoring a game-high 29 points for the Spurs, DeRozan was the single point of reference on offence. Considering DeRozan is averaging over 22 points per game, taking him to score over 20.5 is not a bad option, especially given his recent form against the Clippers.
Kawhi Leonard over 25.5 points @ $1.83 with Sportsbet
The Clippers will be laughing at how well they are travelling despite carefully managing the workload of Kawhi Leonard, who is in peak condition to face his old organisation. Gregg Popovich knows you cannot stop Kawhi, only hinder him, and the two-time NBA Finals MVP looks primed for another big one after netting 38 points against the Spurs a few weeks ago.
Los Angeles Clippers win/under 226.5 points @ $2.70 with BetEasy
The Clippers are extremely efficient on defence and will not allow the Spurs to score over 110 points. Most Clippers games go under the expected total points margin, and this will be no exception. Hand the victory to LA due to the impressive Paul George and Kawhi Leonard combo, who cannot be stopped on offence and are faultless on defence.
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