The Los Angeles Clippers were coming off a long, grueling seven-game series win, with one day’s rest, and the San Antonio Spurs were coming off a sweep and a full week’s rest.
It showed in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal on Tuesday as the Spurs pulled away from the tired Clippers and ended up with a 16-point win.
The series resumes with Game 2 on Thursday at the AT&T Center (9:30 pm ET, ESPN).
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NBA Basketball Picks have the Spurs as an 11-point favorite and the over/under at 194. Moneyline odds have San Antonio as a -900 favorite and Los Angeles a +700 underdog.
The Spurs took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 108-92 victory in the opener on Tuesday, cashing as an 11.5-point home favorite. The score was over the total of 192. It was the Spurs’ 15th-straight win.
Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs, while Blake Griffin scored 15 points for the Clippers.
Basketball Picks trends show that Los Angeles is second last in the NBA in free throw percentage at 68.0, and is second in rebounds allowed in the league at 39.8. The Clippers are shooting at 45.5 per cent from the field, and are averaging 41.6 rebounds per game.
San Antonio is the No. 2 offensive team in the NBA, scoring 103.7 points per game, and leads the league in field goal percentage with 47.8. San Antonio is second best in the league in three points made with 8.4 per game