|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBARemember the Alamo? How about remembering the last time the Los Angeles Clippers have won in San Antonio?
It has been a decade since the Clippers have claimed victory in the land of Davey Crockett. During that timeframe, they have dropped 17 straight games there, including the last half dozen by at least 12 points.
Tonight's game at The AT&T center at 8:30ET, would go a long way in shaking the Clippers out of their current slump which began with an overtime loss to these same Spurs on February 18. In that one, the Spurs Gary Neal tied the game with a late three pointer, then won it with another shot past the arc in overtime.
Since then, the Clippers have won three and lost six. They have lost the last two by one point. The last one was particularly tough to take coming at the hands of the talent challenged, sans Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets on a buzzer beating three pointer. Chris Paul had 22 points and 10 assists in that one, but was also the victim of 5 turnovers. He trails Blake Griffin as the team points leader with an average points per game of 19.8 versus the big guys 21.4.
The Clippers have season totals of 22 wins and 15 losses and lead their cross town rival Lakers by less then a percentage point for fourth place in the Western Conference. They are an even 10-10 on the road. Tony Parker has taken the lead this year as an aging Spurs squad remains competitive in the west. It doesn't hurt that Manu Ginobili appears healthy again as well. In their game against the Knicks, Ginobili tallyed 17 in a 118-105 victory. Parker did his usual thing with 32 points in that one.
San Antonio trails the Oklahoma City Thunder by 4.5 games for the top spot in the Western Conference going into tonight. Their home record stands at an impressive 15-3. The sportsbook website counts the Spurs as 5 point favorites if you lay $110 to win $100. The same $110 will be needed to wager on the over/under at 193.5.