The Los Angeles Clippers must be wondering what they have to do to win one of these close games. And their psyche has to be just a little bit damaged the way Tuesday’s Western Conference playoff game ended. But they have to come back and win a game on the home court of the defending world champion San Antonio Spurs if they are going to survive in the post-season. That is the task as they suit up at 9:35 PM ET, as pro basketball betting action commences at the AT&T Center. For those who don’t want to stop the wagering at the opening whistle, there are sides, totals and props while the game is progressing, through the facilities of Live Betting Extra at BetAnySports.
In Game 5, the Clippers blew a 14-point lead in the very first quarter. The teams were tied after three quarters, and then, in the waning moments, DeAnddre Jordan was called for offensive goaltending on a basket that would have given Clippers the lead, and the Spurs came away with a 111-107 victory to go up three games to two, and hit the Clippers with the elimination scenario.
Of course, Los Angeles has already won at San Antonio in this series, so it is not an insurmountable task. It’s just that now, they have to recover once again from something that was rather devastating.
It was a physical game on Tuesday, as these clubs combined to shoot 79 free-throws. Of course, some of this involved Jordan, a notoriously poor shooter from the charity stripe. If you take a look at the box score, Aron Baynes fouled out in less than 12 minutes, and Jeff Ayres incurred four personal files in three minutes and 39 seconds. Jordan went 7-16 from the line, so the results were so- so.
The Clippers had the edge in the paint, outscoring the Spurs 56-34, and they also got out on the break better, building a 25-11 advantage. They were absolutely dreadful from the outside. BetAnySports customers must have been shocked that the Clippers, who have some three-point marksmen, hit only one for 14 from the arc. Jamal Crawford went 0-6 on the evening, and JJ Redick did not even have a three-point attempt. Obviously, part of the credit for that has to go to San Antonio’s defense, including Danny Green and that Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard. And San Antonio made use of its bench, outscoring Los Angeles 48-17.
With the victory, San Antonio’s record in Game 5 situations rose to 25-8 since 1999, and the Clippers blew a chance to move ahead in this series at home. So what happens now?
Well, they is going to have to be a lot more in the way of perimeter play, and they will also have to be able to stop Patty Mills off the bench. Mills it all four of his three-pointers, and that was badly needed by the Spurs, who are still dealing with the Achilles injury to Tony Parker, who can play in spurts but is not always at his best offensively.