Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Game #9

The San Antonio Spurs (5-3) will try to wash the bad taste of their mouth tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers (4-4). The Spurs are coming off of a drubbing at the hands of the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors dominated throughout and waltzed to a 143-100 victory (see the Grades).

Before the Toronto massacre, San Antonio had won five of their previous six games. Will they get back on the winning track tonight against the Clippers or was that Raptors game a sign of things to come? We’ll know more after tonight’s contest.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

Let’s start with the good news. The Spurs will have Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell back in the lineup tonight. Johnson missed the Raptors game due to calf soreness. Vassell was sidelined for four games because of knee soreness.

Jeremy Sochan is also available. The rookie returned against the Raptors following a one-game absence due to an illness. While he returned, he was only able to play in the first two quarters versus the Raptors. Tonight, he’s expected to be able to play the whole game.

In the bad news column, Zach Collins, Romeo Langford and Isaiah Roby are listed as questionable. Collins has a heel injury, Langford has a toe injury and Roby is still dealing with the illness that kept him out of the last two games. Additionally, Blake Wesley remains out with a sprained MCL.

Charles Bassey and Dominick Barlow, San Antonio’s two-way players, are back with the Austin Spurs and won’t be available tonight against the Clippers.

San Antonio Starting Lineup

The Spurs will be able to return to their usual starting lineup tonight: Keldon Johnson at small forward, Devin Vassell at shooting guard, Tre Jones at point guard, Jakob Poeltl at center and Jeremy Sochan at power forward.

Off the bench, expect Pop to go with Josh Richardson at point guard, Malaki Branham at shooting guard, Doug McDermott at small forward, Keita Bates-Diop at power forward and Zach Collins at center. If Collins isn’t able to go due to his heel injury, Gorgui Dieng would be the backup center.

Kawhi Leonard No Show

Kawhi Leonard won’t play for the Clippers tonight. In fact, he won’t even be in the arena. Leonard stayed back in Los Angeles as he continues to recover from the torn ACL he suffered nearly a year and a half ago. He missed all of last season with the injury.

This season, Leonard has only been able to play in two games. In 21 minutes per game, the 31-year-old is averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

Betting Guide: Spurs vs. Clippers

The Clippers are favored by 4.5 points. The over/under is set at 224.5 points.

This looks like a great opportunity to bet on the Spurs. Yes, San Antonio got blown out last game, but Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell are back and the starting lineup is intact. The Clippers, on the other hand, are without Kawhi Leonard. Take the Spurs and the 4.5 points with confidence.