Thursday November 15th
San Antonio Spurs at LA Clippers (-5.0)
The Spurs and the Clippers are evenly matched and both teams are outperforming expectations so far this season. Both teams shoot the 3-ball at a high percentage (Clippers rank #2 at 38.7% and Spurs rank #4 at 38.4%) San Antonio take care of the basketball very well, they are ranked #1 averaging a league-low 12.3 turnovers per game, while the Clippers are on the other end of the spectrum averaging 15.5 (ranked 22nd).
DeMar Derozan has stepped up and integrated into Greg Popovich's system seamlessly transition. Through 12 games his numbers are up almost across the board. Derozan is averaging 25ppg, 6.4rpg and 6.6apg this season compared with 23.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.2apg last year with the Raptors.
The 8-5 Clippers are a surprisingly high scoring team (ranked #5 at 116ppg) and they spread the load around with a balanced attack: Tobias Harris averages 20.4, Lou Williams averages 19.1, Danilo Gallinari averages 19.0. Patrick Beverly is an excellent defensive guard who will frustrate Patty Mills. Tobias Harris is the leader in scoring and rebounding, but on the defensive end he might struggle to contain LaMarcus Aldridge's and his ability to stretch the floor in the high post and then impose his size in the low post.
The key to this game may be the ability to dictate tempo. The Spurs will be coming off the second night of a back to back which may impact on their ability to keep up with the Clippers fast paced offence.
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