The San Antonio Spurs will look to snap out of their slump when they pay the LA Clippers a visit in Tinseltown. Last season, the Clippers went 3-1 straight up against the Spurs.
Catch this game live on Wednesday, January 6, at 11 AM, Manila time.
LA Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs Game Predictions & Preview – January 6, 2021
HOME TEAM: LA Clippers (5-2, 2-1at home)
The Clippers got back in the win column after beating the Phoenix Suns on the road on Monday, 112-107.
While Kawhi Leonard struggled mightily in the game, shooting just 4 of 21 from the field for 15 points, Paul George compensated for his partner’s salty day on offense by exploding for 39 points (15-24 FG). The Clippers are benefitting from their disciplined play this season, as they are averaging just 13.9 turnovers per game, sixth-fewest in the NBA.
Despite having two ball-dominant stars, the Clippers are able to keep a high efficiency on offense. In fact, the Clippers are seventh in the league in effective field goal percentage (55.3). They are also shooting the lights out from deep, with a 41.7 percent clip on their 3-point attempts.
That’s not good to hear for San Antonio, which is allowing opponents to shoot 41.1 percent from behind the arc.
The Clippers enter Wednesday’s ball game having covered the spread in all their last three outings.
ROAD TEAM: San Antonio Spurs (2-4, 1-1on the road)
After a 2-0 start, the Spurs have apparently fallen into a deep hole, as they have gone 0-4 in their past four games. That includes their 130-109 road loss last Monday. Three of their last four losses were in San Antonio, so perhaps a different atmosphere could give the Spurs a much-needed shot in the arm.
However, the Spurs are just 5-5 straight up in their last 10 road games, while going 5-5 as well against the spread in those contests. The Spurs are dealing with injuries to some of their key players. LaMarcus Aldridge, who had not seen action in the last Spurs games could be out again on Wednesday against the Clippers due to a left knee problem.
Derrick White is out indefinitely with a left toe fracture. But the Spurs are hoping Keldon Johnson will continue to play well. Johnson has become the newest out-of-nowhere Kentucky sensation in the league, as he’s scored 48 points on an absurd 63.0 percent shooting from the field.
That’s likely to regress against the Clippers’ defense, so the Spurs must coax more production from the likes of Lonnie Walker IV and Jakob Poeltl.
The Clippers should be able to handle their business smoothly against the banged-up Spurs at home. The Clippers will win this game, 127-110.