Los Angeles Clippers vs San Antonio Spurs – 4/30/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NBA Playoffs first round between the LA Clippers and San Antonio Spurs has reached Game 6 on Thursday April 30th. The Spurs will host and will look for the close out as they get started at 9:30PM Eastern Time over on TNT TV.
Since the LA Clippers won Game 1 of this series by 15 points to open the series the San Antonio Spurs have won three of the next four games. In those three victories the Spurs have averaged 107 points per game. The two games played at San Antonio in this series resulted in a split the Spurs winning Game 3 by the score of 100-73 and it was the Clippers bouncing back with the 114-103 victory in Game 4 in San Antonio.
Game five was a close game and the Spurs were able to pull away with a 111-107 victory as a critical offensive goaltending call cost LA the game late. The Clippers were terrible from the outside in their Game 5 loss as they go 1 of 14 from the three point line with Jamal Crawford going 0 of 6 from beyond the arc. Many make excuses for the Clippers that they have a weak bench. The truth is the Clippers starting five should be good enough to win since they see nearly 40 minutes of play and all five play most of the fourth quarter. There can be no excuses for a Clippers team that lack the mental toughness late in playoff games to win key games that swing series they compete in. Because the Clippers starting five plays many more minutes than the Spurs starting give its LA that creates the best fantasy picks for this series.
LA Clippers Point Guard: Chris Paul has averaged 38 minutes in this series and is averaging 22 ponts per game and is dishing nearly seven innings. In a closeout game expect Paul to try and to a bit more here and take a high volume of shots. In a must win Game three Paul was 11 of 19 and scored 34 points. Facing elimination we may get Paul’s best game here.
LA Clippers Shooting Guard: J.J. Redick has been a disappointment in the playoffs as he is hitting just 40% from the field and averaging four points fewer than his regular seasonal average. He did not take a three point shot in Game 5 in 42 minutes of play.
LA Clippers Power Forward: Blake Griffin is leading the Clippers in the playoffs with nearly 24 points per game and is pulling down 13 boards. He provides great NBA fantasy value as he is dishing seven assists per game in the playoffs. His numbers were significantly lower in their two road games in this series.
LA Clippers Small Forward: Matt Barnes is in the lineup for his defensive prowess. He can provide occasional offense when asked but the 35 year old veteran is having a poor shooting series hitting just 30% from the floor and could see his minutes reduced in this huge spot on Thursday.
LA Clippers Center: DeAndre Jordan is averaging 36 minutes in the postseason. He is a poor free throw shooter and a target to send to the free throw line. Jordan does grab 13 rebounds per game and because of his trips to the free throw line is valuable to one-day fantasy league managers.
San Antonio Spurs Point Guard: Tony Parker has been banged up and in an average of 29 minutes per game is only averaging 9 points per game in the playoffs. His production is way down with 2 ½ rebounds and assists per game.
San Antonio Spurs Shooting Guard: Danny Green has started all games and is playing 28 minutes per game but is only averaging seven points per contest. He is splitting time with Manu Ginobilli who is putting in nine points a game in about 20 minutes per contest.
San Antonio Spurs Power Forward: Tim Duncan despite his 39 year old age is producing for the Spurs. Duncan is seeing 36 minutes per game in the postseason and is averaging 17 points, 11 rebounds and is shooting 55% from the field.
San Antonio Spurs Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard had led San Antonio with 23 points per game average in 35 minutes of play per contest. He is pulling down seven boards a game as well. He has averaged 29 points per game in the Spurs two home games in this series.
San Antonio Spurs Center: Boris Diaw is coming off the bench and has been more productive that starter Tiago Splitter. Diaw has seen his minutes increase in the postseason and in nearly 29 minutes per game is averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game.
NBA Basketball Real Money League Fantasy Draft Picks
PG: Chris Paul (Clippers)
SG: JJ Redick (Clippers)
PF: Blake Griffin (Clippers)
SF: Kawhi Leonard (Spurs)
C: DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)