The San Antonio Spurs will attempt to keep their momentum flowing in the right direction tonight versus the Los Angeles Clippers. The Spurs are coming off of a 106-98 victory over the Brooklyn Nets (see the Grades). The win snapped San Antonio’s five-game losing streak. The Nets, who entered the game with the second seed in the Eastern Conference, played without superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
At 14-31, the Spurs haven’t won consecutive games since they won three straight contests from Dec. 8 to Dec. 12. Prior to the win over the Nets, the Spurs had lost eight of their previous nine games.
The Clippers are 23-24 and they’ve struggled lately too. In their last 11 games, L.A. only has two wins. At one point during that stretch, they lost six straight games.
Currently, the Clippers are tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the seventh seed in the Western Conference. However, the Clippers don’t have much room for error because the Golden State Warriors (22-23), Oklahoma City Thunder (22-23), Phoenix Suns (22-24), Portland Trail Blazers (21-24) and Los Angeles Lakers (20-25) are right on their heels.
San Antonio Spurs Injury Update
The Spurs are back to being relatively healthy. The only injured player currently is Devin Vassell, the team’s starting shooting guard. Vassell underwent arthroscopic knee surgery recently and he’s expected to be out until around the All-Star break. That means he may be able to return in another month or so.
Los Angeles Clippers Injury Update
The Clippers will be without John Wall and Luke Kennard against the Spurs. The big news, though, is that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both not on the injury report.
Leonard has only played 22 of the Clippers 47 games this season. George has only played 31 games. On the season, the Clippers have only played 16 games with both Leonard and George in the lineup.
With the 2022-23 season more than halfway over and the Clippers sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference playoff picture, they’re surely hoping for better health to close out the season and into the postseason.
San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup
While Romeo Langford has struggled lately, he will likely continue to start for the Spurs at shooting guard. Expect head coach Gregg Popovich to also start Tre Jones at point guard, Keldon Johnson at small forward, Jeremy Sochan at power forward and Jakob Poeltl at center.
Off the bench, expect Malaki Branham and Josh Richardson at guard, Doug McDermott and Stanley Johnson at forward and Zach Collins at center.
Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Clippers
The Clippers are favored by seven points over the Spurs and the over/under is 231 points. The smart money tonight is actually on the Spurs. The seven-point spread is large considering the Clippers recent struggles. Having Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the lineup will help but, then again, L.A. is only 9-7 when both of their star players are in the lineup.
The Spurs have competed well lately and they should be able to put up a good fight at home against a Clippers squad still searching for consistency. Take San Antonio and the seven points tonight.