There isn’t much question that the Spurs-Clippers series will be the best series in the first round of the playoffs. The two teams have the potential to make a deep run.
February 19, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guardChris Paul
(3) moves the ball against the defense of San Antonio Spurs centerAron Baynes
(16) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The two hottest teams in basketball to close the season. The Spurs closed the year on an 11 game winning streak before losing to New Orleans in the season finale. The Clippers won 14 of their last 15 games.
The season series was split between the two teams as they each won two games. The Spurs won the first two games of the series earlier in the season.
Game 1: Spurs 89 Clippers 85
Game 2: Spurs 125 Clippers 118
The final two games were won by the Clippers. The Clippers even beat the Spurs without Blake Griffin in one of the games.
Game 3: Clippers 105 Spurs 85
Game 4: Clippers 119 Spurs 115
Why the Spurs will Win?
Overall you can make the case Clippers have the better starting unit with Chris Paul, JJ Redick, Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The Spurs have a huge edge with their bench, despite the Clippers having Jamal Crawford. A bench that consists of Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph is going to demolish a bench with the likes of Glen Davis and Austin Rivers.
Why the Clippers Could Win?
The Clippers have the edge with the backcourt as they have the trio of Paul, Redick and Crawford. Paul and Crawford have been consistent throughout their careers, but it’s Redick that has been a bit of a surprise. Redick is averaging 16.4 points this season, 19.6 after the all-star break. If the three play well there is no question they can win the series, as they have a terrific duo down low in Griffin and Jordan.
Player to Watch: Kawhi Leonard– Kawhi Leonard has the biggest mismatch of any player in the series. No disrespect to Matt Barnes. On the season Leonard averaged 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. In the three games he played against the Clippers he averaged 18 points and 7 rebounds. His offense isn’t even what makes him a special player, it’s his ability to lock down. The
Prediction: Spurs win in 7 games. This series has the feel of one that has the teams splitting the first four games and the Clippers taking game five. But the Spurs will win game six convincingly and their experience will help them pull off a close win in game seven.