Game 4 between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers takes place tonight in Los Angeles as the Clippers look to stave off elimination, after falling behind 3-0 with yesterday's loss. The game is scheduled for a 10:30 pm start time and it will be televised live on TNT. Currently the odds have Oklahoma City favored by 7.5 points with the total sitting at 190 points for the contest.
Free Analysis: The San Antonio Spurs are the closest thing we've seen to basketball perfection in years and will be attempting to sweep the Clippers out of the playoffs tonight in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. Asked to describe his team's current 17-game winning streak after an impressive 96-86 comeback win in Game 3 on Saturday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was at a loss for words.Coming back from such a huge deficit is one thing, but the manner in which San Antonio did it was something to behold. Trailing by 12 in the third quarter, the Spurs ripped off 24 unanswered points to take a 12-point lead while holding the Clippers scoreless for over eight minutes. Tim Duncan, Danny Green and rookie Kawhi Leonard combined for 22 of the 24 points. Tim Duncan now has four double-doubles in San Antonio’s seven postseason games. Leonard had a stellar all-around game with 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals. He also nailed three 3-point attempts to help San Antonio finish 9 of 22 from behind the arc. The Spurs are 15-1-1 ATS druing their 17 game win streak and they are 15-6 SU & 11-7-3 ATS with no rest this year. The Los Angeles Clippers have to be shaking their heads right now and wondering to themselves just what in the world happened on Saturday against the Spurs. Los Angeles was up 24 points on San Antonio, and all the Clippers had to do was not self destruct and Los Angeles would get it's first win of the series. Blake Griffin had his best performance since injuring his knee in the series against Memphis. He finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds, and scored 14 points to spark Los Angeles to a 33-11 first-quarter lead. Fellow All-Star Chris Paul, playing with a strained hip flexor, had 12 points and 11 assists but has scored a total of four points in the fourth quarter in the three games. Reserve guard Mo Williams helped pick up the slack with 19 points. After hitting nine 3-pointers in each of the first two games, Los Angeles connected on just three of nine attempts Saturday. The Clippers ares just 10-10 SU and 10-10 ATS on no rest this year. No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a series in the NBA Playoffs.
Free Pick: Lets take a look at the UNDER in this one. The Clippers have played 20 games this year on no rest and those games have averaged just 184 ppg. We also note that 21 of the last 29 in this series has gone Under the total. The Clippers do not have enough offense to outscore this Spurs team so they will really have to slow down the game and play some great defense if they have any chance of extending this series. The Spurs have been playing great defense in the playoffs as they have allowed just 87.3 ppg in their 7 games, while they haven't allowed more than 92 points in any of the games yet. Just too much defense will be played in this one to think it can put up 190+ points.
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