NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs

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San Antonio Spurs unblemished home record will get serious challenge from LA Clippers

San Antonio’s unbeaten home record will get a stiff challenge from the Clippers in a re-match of a Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Spurs ended last season with a loss in LA after dropping two home games in the series. They said protecting home court was a priority and they meant it, going 14-0 at ATT Center following Tuesdays win over Washington. The game between the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs is scheduled to take place Friday, December 18, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET at the ATT Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

The Los Angeles Clippers will pose a threat, but their undisciplined style will be no match for the poised and controlled play of San Antonio.The Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is starting to fit into the lineup. Spurs center Duncan is also ready to go after a night off on Wednesday. Kawhi Leonard playing at another level now and it’s hard to envision the Spurs losing. They might not drop a home game all season.

The Los Angles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is back to feeling healthy after missing several games with a rib injury and has helped the Clips win nine of their past 11 games. He has had a good series in the playoff win over San Antonio, making over 30 points for two times. Chris Paul has speed and quickness that are more than Tony Parker can handle and when Paul drives to the basket his options increase.  Paul is exceptional at breaking down defenders with his ability to make the mid-range jumper and defenders have to follow him to the three-point line because he can make the long ball as well. Paul is averaging 11.4 assists over the last five games. It will be tough against the Spurs defense, but Paul is one that can do it.

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NBA: Chicago Bulls host the Los Angeles Clippers

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NBA: Clippers-Bulls in Battle of Overvalued Teams

The Bulls lead the Eastern Conference in red ink at 11-7 and the Clippers at 12-9 are in much of the same boat out West. The game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET at the United Center. The game will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

The Chicago Bulls are fourth in the NBA in defensive efficiency at (97.1), but Chicago’s offense (97.5) is awful at No. 26 overall, thanks in part to former league MVP Derrick Rose and his personal Offensive Rating of 86. The Bulls are still trying to figure out how to work in Hoiberg’s offense, one that was supposed to bring fun and excitement back to the United Center on a nightly basis. There are still times when the team looks unsure of what they’re supposed to be doing. Many players are still holding out hope that this group is struggling because it hasn’t found its groove, that they are going through the adjustment of learning what a new coach expects each night. Chicago will be in position to claim a top seed come playoff time, but they are still searching.

The Los Angeles Clippers are in the middle of the table defensively at No. 18 overall, giving up 101.8 points per 100 possessions. The Clippers are sixth in offensive efficiency at (104.1). The first 21 games of the season have been anything but pretty for the Clippers. At least now they are starting to grind out some ugly wins. The Clips got some good news at the start of their current five-game road trip when Chris Paul and J.J. Redick both returned to the lineup after missing games due to injury. Clippers forward Blake Griffin is already a star in the NBA and he continues to work on everything. Griffin’s game has been evolving over the years and he’s putting up big numbers this season. He’s averaging a career-high 24.4 points as well as 8.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

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