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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers

Fresh off a disappointing loss to the Suns, the Spurs try to bounce back against a tough Clippers squad.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers are on a roll, having won four of their last five contests, the most recent being an overtime victory over Golden State on Monday night. Over their hot streak, Los Angeles has averaged 122 points per game. The Clippers offense isn’t just focused on one player, they have three players averaging right at 20 points per game. Tobias Harris leads the way averaging 20.4 PPG, Lou Williams is at 19.1 PPG, and right behind him is Danilo Gallinari at 19.0 PPG.

November 14th, 2018 | 9:30 CT

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Spurs (7-6) vs Clippers (8-5)


Spurs: Pau Gasol (out—foot), Rudy Gay (expected to return—foot), Lonnie Walker IV (knee—out), Dejounte Murray (out for season—knee)

Clippers: Luc Mbah a Moute (knee—game time decision), Avery Bradley (ankle—game time decision)

San Antonio comes into this game following a disappointing loss last night to the Phoenix Suns. The Spurs are winning more than they’re losing at 7-6, but it has been much of an up and down start to the season for the Silver and Black. The Spurs have been led by the dynamic duo of DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. DeRozan is the leading scorer at 25.0 PPG followed by Aldridge at 18.9 PPG.

This matchup presents the Spurs with an opportunity to get their offense back on track. The offense has struggled since the return of Derrick White, averaging only 94 PPG in the three games since his return. San Antonio will get a great opportunity to get the offense rolling against a Clippers defense that has given up 112 PPG coming into the contest tonight.

As for a prediction for tonight, the Clippers defensive vulnerabilities will be something that San Antonio’s veterans should be able to exploit. In the second night of a back to back coming off of a loss, this seems like a game that DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge should both assert their dominance and carry the Spurs to a victory. Offensively for LA, they have been potent, but the Spurs have the players to limit the Clippers open looks. The Spurs will get some much needed stops down the stretch and eventually pull away to get the win.

Vegas Odds: Clippers by 6

Game Prediction: Spurs by 9

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