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This Sunday night in the NBA 2023-24 season features the San Antonio Spurs on the road to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on NBA TV. The Clippers lost Friday night while the Spurs got their first victory in the Victor Wembanyama era in overtime against Houston.
Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs – game predictions
- 1 Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs – game predictions
- 2 Clippers look to rebound from bad loss
- 3 Key game details
The Clippers are a 9-point home favorite with a total of 229 points.
Prediction 1: Spurs +9 @ -110 (1.91)
The Spurs have been respectable in their two games so far, losing 126-119 to a Luka Doncic triple-double against the Mavericks. They closed well against Houston in overtime to win 126-122 on Friday night as Wembanyama got help from his other teammates. The Clippers have been hot offensively (No. 2 in Offensive Rating) but rank No. 26 in Defensive Rating for their first two games. The Clippers blew out the Spurs in both home games last season, but we’ll trust this new-look team with Wembanyama to keep it close as the Clippers are still coming together with their stars healthy.
Prediction 2: Victor Wembanyama Over 6.5 Rebounds @ -111 (1.90)
Was Game 2 a sign of things to come for Wembanyama? Sportsbooks continue to set his rebounds low, but after having 5 rebounds in a foul-plagued debut, he had 12 rebounds in 31 minutes on Friday night for his first double-double in the NBA. He had 5 offensive boards alone as that figures to be an advantage his 7’4” height should bring to this team. Even on a missed free throw he could be the ultimate weapon for a rebound and another possession. Until we see evidence to the contrary, or until the oddsmaker adjust the lines, we’ll continue taking the over for Wemby’s rebounds.
Clippers look to rebound from bad loss
Some losses look worse than others. The Jazz were pounded on Saturday night by Phoenix, but they hung in there against the Clippers on Friday and won the game despite the Clippers shooting 53.2% from the field compared to 43.8% for Utah. That differential of nearly 10 percentage points is usually always a win in the NBA, but Kawhi Leonard came up short on a go-ahead basket in the final seconds, then Russell Westbrook threw up an air ball to end the game.
Los Angeles Clippers news, injuries, and starting lineups
Unless the Clippers are going to surprise us with some load management at the last minute, this game should feature Leonard and Paul George again with a day of rest in between games on Saturday. George scored 36 points on Friday night and looks to be back to 100% after last season’s injury. The Clippers could be without Terance Mann again, who is questionable and has yet to make his season debut.
Los Angeles Clippers injury report:
- PF Marcus Morris Sr. (personal) – Out
- PG Terance Mann (ankle) – Questionable
- SG Brandon Boston Jr. (quadriceps) – Out
Los Angeles Clippers starting lineup:
Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac, Robert Covington
San Antonio Spurs news, injuries, and starting lineups
Wemby is the headline here, but let’s give some credit to Devin Vassell for scoring a team-high 25 points in the win against Houston. Keldon Johnson also chipped in 20 points, and the bench provided some strong minutes that they’ll have to do again when facing a quality opponent like the Clippers.
San Antonio Spurs injury report:
- No injuries reported
San Antonio Spurs starting lineup:
Keldon Johnson, Zach Collins, Jeremy Sochan, Devin Vassell, Victor Wembanyama
Clippers vs Spurs head to head record
The Clippers swept the Spurs 4-0 last season. Here are the results from the last 5 meetings:
- 26/1/2023: Clippers won 138-100 in Los Angeles
- 20/1/2023: Clippers won 131-126 in San Antonio
- 19/11/2022: Clippers won 119-97 in Los Angeles
- 4/11/2022: Clippers won 113-106 in San Antonio
- 15/1/2022: Clippers lost 101-94 in San Antonio
Key game details
- Date & Time: October 30, 2023, 01:00 GMT
- Venue: Crytpo.com Arena – Los Angeles, CA
- Where to watch match in UK: NBA TV, NBA League Pass, or other live stream
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