San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers Free NBA Basketball Picks & Lines February 19, 2015

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The San Antonio Spurs (34-19) sure could use a rest at this time of their schedule. In the midst of a long nine-game road trip, the exhausted Spurs team will relish a lengthy break because the NBA gives solution to All-Star special. Now that’s over, though, they’ll face the Los Angeles Clippers (35-19) in a NBA Basketball Picks Game that are playing well regardless of the lack of Blake Griffin.

Thursday NBA Basketball Picks ready? San Antonio had a strong push at the half way point, going 4-1 in their last five games, including their 104-87 beatdown of the Detroit Pistons last February 11th.

San Antonio’s deep bench has been a big help for them this year. Led by Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli, the Spurs are receiving 40.3 PPG from their relievers, third most in the league. Expect the Spurs’reserves to outplay their counterparts from Los Angeles, which only gets a much-fewer 30.9 PPG from its bench.

Ginobili, who put up 13 points against the Pistons, is averaging 12.0 PPG and 4.8 APG to date this season. Belinelli, meanwhile, enters the Clippers game with a 9.8 PPG average on 44.1 percent shooting from the field.

As for the starters, Kawhi Leonard is having a three-game stretch of sub-par performances. He’s scored 11 points or fewer in each of the Spurs’last three games, including an eight-point output on a salty 2-for-12 shooting against the Pistons. Leonard, however, has had solid outings against the Clippers, averaging 25.0 PPG in 2 games played against LA this season—the Spurs won in both games. He didn’t play in the next meeting with the Clips—a 125-118 Spurs loss—as he was then working with a hand injury.

It’s cool to resemble Mike, but being like DeAndre isn’t too shabby nowadays, either.

With star forward and key big man Blake Griffin (staph infection) out for at least three weeks, DeAndre Jordan knew he had a need to step up. And intensify he did for the Clippers over the last two games, wherein he averaged eye-popping numbers of 23.0 PPG and 23.5 RPG. In the Clips’110-95 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday.

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles

When: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 10:30PM ET

Line: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers — view all NBA lines

Jordan would be a straight bigger help for LA against the Spurs if he is able to improve his free throw shooting. The Clips went just 28-for-45 (62.2%) from the foul line against Houston, with Jordan making just 12 of his 26 attempts. Don’t be surprised if the Spurs play him rough defensively, understanding that he’s a bad free throw shooter.

As a group, the Clippers will need to tone down on their turnovers. They’re second worst in the league in turnovers with 11.5 TO/G.  Their inability to take care of the ball was a large reasons why they lost twice to the Spurs earlier this season, because the Clips committed 15 turnovers in each of those losses. In their lone win to date against San Antonio, the Clippers only had 11.

Shooting guard J.J. Redick ought to be a constant threat on offense versus the Spurs. The former Duke Blue Devil has averaged 17.5 PPG on a higher 50 FG% in two games back since sitting the last three outings because of back spasms. Free NBA Basketball Picks Bet on LA Clippers.

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