The sizzling San Antonio Spurs will shoot for a commanding 3-0 series lead when their Western Conference semifinals set against the Los Angeles Clippers shifts to Southern California today, Saturday May 19th. The Spurs are riding a 16 game win streak. NBA oddsmakers have the Spurs as -5 point road favorites over the Clippers with the over/under set at 192 points. Be sure to check the San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers Game 3 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
San Antonio’s (6-0, 2-0 V) Tony Parker had 22 points, Tim Duncan scored 18 and San Antonio beat the Clippers 105-88 Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Boris Diaw added 16 points for top-seeded San Antonio, Danny Green scored 13 and Manu Ginobili had 10 off the bench, all in the first half. The Spurs were coming off a 108-92 win on Tuesday in which they tied a team playoff record with 13 three-pointers and never trailed in the second half.
The Spurs’ have won 16 in a row dating back to the regular season and their latest victory has them one step closer to the West finals.
Coach Gregg Popovich went into Thursday grumbling about 18 turnovers and at-times unfocused transition defense in Game 1. In Game 2, the Spurs gave up 9 of 13 from the 3-point line, a 69.2-percent clip for the Clippers. They still won by 17 points, but who, besides Popovich, is counting? “That’s what coaches do,” Popovich said. “We have the film, so you can see all kinds of mistakes. We can play better, but they can too.”
LA’s (4-5, 2-1 H) Blake Griffin, despite playing with a sprained right knee and tweaking his left hip, led the fifth-seeded Clippers with 20 points, Randy Foye scored 11 and Chris Paul, battling hip and groin problems, continues to struggle with just 10 with five assists. LA shot almost 50 percent, but trailed by as many as 19.
Tonight’s game is a virtual must-win for the Clippers since no team in NBA history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. “The next game is our Game 7,” Del Negro said. “We got to fight, we got to claw, and we got to do whatever we can.”
“We have to guard well. We have to rebound the ball better. Get out in the open court and take advantage of our athleticism, but also not get in to a track meet with them because they score the ball so well,” he said. “We have to make them guard in the half court and control temp that way. But I also want our guys to be aggressive in the open court and attack the basket. I’d like to see us get to the free throw line and control tempo that way, but to do that, we have to be smart with the basketball.”
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Recent Trends to Consider:
Spurs are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
Under is 17-3-1 in the last 21 meetings in Los Angeles.
Spurs are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Favorite is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings.
Spurs are 14-2-2 ATS in their last 18 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.
Spurs are 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 games as a road favorite.
Spurs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite.
Spurs are 19-4-3 ATS in their last 26 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Spurs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a road favorite of 5.0-10.5.
Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Clippers are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.
San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers
When: Saturday, May 19th@3:30 PM EST
Pick: Spurs -5
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