How about Monday’s call on the Lakers? Hey, look on the bright side: On the scoreboard,
they got destroyed by 29 points. On our ticket, they lost by only 21½ points. Guess that long layoff didn’t hurt the Thunder like I thought it would, huh? And if the time off didn’t impact the Thunder negatively, it’s not going to impact the veteran Spurs. In fact, this situation is very similar to last night’s Lakers-Thunder contest. San Antonio has been idle since May 7, when it beat Utah, 87-81, to sweep its first-round series, while the Clippers are coming off a grueling seven-game series against Memphis, advancing with Sunday’s 82-72 upset win. Not only are the Spurs rested and playing at home, but they’re completely healthy. Conversely, the Clippers are tired, back on the road and their top three players—Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Caron Butler—are hurt.
Now to the numbers: San Antonio enters this series on a 14-game winning streak. Additionally, the Spurs are 28-3 straight-up since March 12; 12-1-1 against the spread during their 14-game winning streak; 30-5 SU and 26-8-1 ATS on their home floor; and 14-2 ATS when laying nine points or more this season (including 8-0 ATS when favored by 11 or more). Oh, and in its last 14 meetings with the Clippers, San Antonio has cashed 11 times. The only way the Spurs don’t cover
this number is if their lead isn’t big enough when they pull their starters in the fourth quarter. And that’s the only reason this is just a ★★ play.
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Monday’s Result: Lakers +7½ vs. Thunder (Loss)