Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs (-4, 198.5)
Winners of five in a row, the Los Angeles Clippers will look to defeat the San Antonio Spurs for the second time this season when two of the top teams in the Western Conference meet in the Lone Star State on Monday. The Clippers exacted a small measure of revenge after being bounced by the Spurs in last season's playoffs by cruising to a 106-84 triumph on Nov. 7. Blake Griffin has fueled Los Angeles during its current streak, highlighted by his season-high 26-point effort in a 101-80 win over Chicago on Saturday.
The Clippers, who are starting a four-game road trip, haven't fared well when they visit San Antonio. After all, Gregg Popovich's club has won 28 of the last 30 such meetings. Manu Ginobili scored a game-high 20 points as the Spurs drilled 16-of-27 attempts from 3-point range in their 126-100 victory over Denver on Saturday.TV:
8:30 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), Fox Sports Southwest (San Antonio)ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (7-2, 7-2 ATS):
Although Los Angeles boasts the top-scoring offense in the West, its defense isn't too shabby either. The Clippers held the Bulls to just 33.7 percent from the field to cruise to victory. "We're better defensively, but we could be a lot better," Griffin said. "I think that's the reason for the wins. We said that early on, play defense, the scoring's going to come."ABOUT THE SPURS (8-2, 6-3-1 ATS):
Ginobili snapped out of a shooting slump by drilling 5-of-7 from 3-point range. He was just 4-for-24 prior to the outing. San Antonio's lopsided victory on Saturday allowed veterans Tony Parker and Tim Duncan to keep their minutes in check. The additional rest should pay dividends against the high-octane Clippers, who have no issue raising the tempo in their games.TRENDS:
* Over is 10-2-2 in the last 14 meetings in San Antonio.
* Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Clippers are 5-14 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
* Clippers are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings in San Antonio.BUZZER BEATERS:
1. Los Angeles sits at 7-2 for the second time in franchise history. The 2005-06 Clippers won their first nine games before dropping their third contest.
2. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will be a spectator on Monday as he deals with quadriceps tendinitis above his left knee. He will be sidelined for at least 10-14 days.
3. Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford is averaging 20.7 points, which is a significant leap from his career mark (15.3).