The Los Angeles Clippers recently earned their first win since the James Harden trade, ending their six-game losing streak by defeating the Houston Rockets on Friday. It took a big shot from Harden with mere seconds left on the clock, but the Clippers finally pulled one out. The Clippers seek their second win with Harden, facing the San Antonio Spurs and Victor Wembanyama tonight.
The Spurs have not yet been able to stop their losing own streak. With back-to-back losses over the weekend, San Antonio has now dropped eight in a row as they head into consecutive games with Los Angeles.
Still, Wembanyama’s presence sets up plenty of interesting wagers for tonight’s action, including Wembanyama’s props against the Clippers.
Let’s dive into the Clippers vs. Spurs odds, props, and predictions.
Odds for Clippers vs. Spurs: Point spread, moneyline, total for Monday, Nov. 20, 2023
San Antonio’s offense has been up to the challenge during the skid, but the team’s defense has yet to catch up to their offensive prowess. The Clippers don’t struggle to put up points either and are much more capable of defending, especially when it matters most.
Here are the Clippers vs. Spurs betting odds from the top betting sites:
Clippers vs. Spurs betting trends
- The Spurs are 4-9-0 against the spread; 0-4-0 in the last four
- The Clippers are 4-7-0 ATS; 1-7-0 in the last eight
- The Clippers have won eight of the last 10 between the two, including five straight
- The Clippers are 7-3- ATS against San Antonio in the last 10
- The over/under is 3-7-0 between the two in the last 10
Victor Wembanyama props vs. Clippers
Here are some Wembanyama props against the Clippers, courtesy of DraftKings:
- o/u 19.5 points (-113)
- o/u 9.5 total rebounds (+110)
- o/u 2.5 assists (+114)
- o/u 2.5 blocks (+150)
- o/u 3.5 rebounds (-105)
- o/u 1.5 3-pointers made (-170)
Here are our favorite plays of the night.
points: Wembanyama is up against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George tonight, unfavorable matchups for the big man. They both have the quickness and strength advantage, making life challenging for him all night. This played out in their last matchup, as the Clippers held him to just 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting.
rebounds: Wembanyama only pulled in five rebounds the first time he played the Clippers. A big part of that was because he was primarily responsible for defending on the perimeter, which kept him out of position for rebounds. The strategy will likely be the same again, as Zach Collins can’t move his feet well enough to keep up with Leonard at the four.
turnovers: Wembanyama struggles to protect the ball against quicker defenders, and the Clippers have several to throw his way. Los Angeles is seventh in forced turnovers per game, and they forced him into five in the first matchup. Against OKC and Miami, he registered five and seven turnovers, respectively – both of whom are top six in forced turnovers. Look for his turnover trend to continue tonight against a hungry Clippers team.
Clippers vs. Spurs analysis: LA’s defense too much for San Antonio to conquer
The Clippers have the seventh-ranked defense in the league. They are still figuring out how to get their abundance of stars to play together offensively, but they aren’t likely to struggle very much against a Spurs defense that ranks near the bottom in every defensive category.
San Antonio’s defensive struggles include field goal percentage allowed, opponents’ field goals made, and opponents’ three-point percentage. In their last game, Harden, George, and Leonard each scored at least 23 points. Harden and Leonard did so on better than 50% from the field – signaling they are beginning to figure it out.
However, despite the lack of resistance the Spurs’ defense offers, they’ve avoided blowouts. They haven’t been able to pull out more wins in the close games because they can’t score in tight situations.
The Spurs are 3-5 in close games and have a -2.1 +/- for the year in those contests. The Clippers have been even worse in close games, but they have a significant advantage defensively in this one.
Wembanyama is the only Spurs player who can consistently create a shot for himself. However, with Leonard and George taking turns defending him, depending on him in a tight game isn’t the best bet.
No matter where you turn, it’s hard to make a case for the Spurs to pull out a win.
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Clippers vs. Spurs predictions
The Clippers are favorites and likely to cover the spread yet again. They won by 20 in the first matchup, and things have worsened in San Antonio. Their best hope is for a Wembanyama explosion, which isn’t likely against the Clippers’ wing defenders.