The San Antonio Spurs have created plenty of glorious history in recent times with four titles in the last 13 years. They’ll need no reminding that no team has ever given up a 3-0 lead in a play-off series.
The Spurs will aiming for to establish an unassailable lead, then, when they hit the court in Los Angeles and attempt to bury the Clippers once again. The league’s old guns have beaten their rivals by 16 and 17 points in the opening two games of this match-up with their multiple offensive weapons exploding seemingly at will.
Critically, they’ve neutralised Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, who have played through injury but fallen short of All Star level. The Clippers are underdogs by 5 points but you sense San Antonio are out to close out as quickly and ruthlessly as possible. Back the Spurs at 1.91 on the handicap and take over the line of 190.0 total points.
It’s a busy day for the staff at the Staples Center who will make the Lakers feel at home for Game 4 of their Western Conference semi-finals with Oklahoma City. The Thunder dropped their first play-off game so far when the Lakers stole a 99-96 victory on Friday, as Kobe Bryant racked up 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Pressure defence served the hosts well in that one, but will be tough to reproduce just one day later. So back the Thunder to go 3-1 ahead with victory here.
Bet of the Day: Back San Antonio to beat the LA Clippers on the handicap at 1.91.