NBA Games - Clippers at Pistons and Spurs at Warriors

Friday, February 9th, 2018

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The NBA Games of the Week include one that may not have meant much a few weeks ago but now is quite intriguing. The other is a classic rivalry in the West that could once again be a preview of a heavyweight playoff showdown.

The Los Angeles Clippers will travel to play the Detroit Pistons in the first featured game. The teams pulled off a blockbuster trade recently, sending superstar Blake Griffin from L.A. to Detroit. He is aiming to exact revenge in the game, which will be held on Friday, February 9 on ESPN.

On Saturday, February 10, the San Antonio Spurs will hit the road to face off against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. That game will be televised on ABC. While San Antonio isn’t playing as well as it has in past years, if it gets healthy it could still be a contender come playoff time.

These two games are going to be intriguing to watch in NBA odds.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons

Date and Time: Friday, February 9, 2018, 7 p.m. ET

Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons TV Coverage: ESPN

The Clippers are hanging around in the Western Conference playoff picture, just a half-game out of the eighth spot and within two games of the No. 5 spot, but signaled that they are geared more toward the future with the trade of Griffin. The trading deadline is coming up soon, and this team could be even weaker if players like DeAndre Jordan or Lou Williams are dealt. Watch that closely.

The Pistons are a half-game outside the Eastern Conference playoff standings but with Griffin and Andre Drummond figure to have enough firepower to move up in the standings. Detroit point guard Reggie Jackson has been shelved for a while but could be back in a couple weeks, which would be a big boost to the team’s playoff hopes.

Key Stat

0. That’s how many losses the Pistons have suffered since acquiring Griffin, as they have knocked off the Grizzlies, Heat and Trail Blazers in succession. Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds in his debut and has followed that up with two more solid outings. Griffin is averaging 20.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists in his limited time with the Pistons.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons Free Picks

Detroit has a much higher ceiling with the addition of Griffin, while the Clippers are now in rebuilding mode and are unlikely to make the playoffs. Look for Griffin to have a big game in this one against his old team and lead his new one to the victory.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons ATS Pick: Pistons to cover

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons Score Prediction: Pistons 107, Clippers 100

San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors

Date and Time: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:30 p.m. ET

Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

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Spurs vs. Warriors TV Coverage: ABC

The Spurs are 34-21 on the season, which is worse than usual, but the team is still holding onto the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. The T-Wolves and the Thunder are on their heels and San Antonio does not want to drop and potentially face the Warriors in the second round. San Antonio is trying to tread water without star Kawhi Leonard, who has missed most of the season with a quadriceps injury.

The Warriors had a hiccup last time out against the Thunder and is now just a game ahead of the Rockets for the best record in the NBA. Golden State will be a significant favorite in this one and really needs to take care of business at home in order to stay ahead of Houston. Even if the Warriors fell to the No. 2 seed it would be the favorite to repeat behind the star-studded cast of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Key Stat

98.0. That’s the number of points per game the Spurs are allowing this season, which is the best mark in the NBA. Contract that with the Warriors, who lead the NBA with an average of 115.6 points per contest. It will be impossible for the Spurs to completely slow up Golden State, but it will want to keep the tempo under control as much as possible. The fewer points in this one, the better chance San Antonio has at the upset.

Spurs vs. Warriors Free Picks

The Warriors have dropped some games at home of late, but this is still a lopsided matchup. If Leonard was healthy the Spurs would have a shot. Without him, the Warriors will have too much firepower for San Antonio to keep this one close.

Spurs vs. Warriors ATS Pick: Warriors to win and cover

Spurs vs. Warriors Score Prediction: Warriors 114, Spurs 101

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