Free NBA Hoops Pick: Thunder vs. Clippers Lines
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(42-18) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers (39-20)
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -2
NBA Betting Total: 220
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A much anticipated matchup in the Western Conference takes place on Wednesday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers get set for battle.
The two teams are in the midst of a fight for the 3rd seed, which holds a decent amount of value.
The 3rd place finisher will get the Spurs, rather than the Warriors in the Conference Semi-Finals.
Oklahoma City Thunder
It’s currently the Thunder who have the upper hand in the 3rd spot, but that gap has been trimmed to just 2.5 games with the recent struggles of the Thunder.
Oklahoma City has gone 2-3 over their last 5, but finally looked like they got back into old form with their most recent win over the Kings. The Thunder put up 131 points against Sacramento to close the month out as they went on to win 131-116.
It was their depth that really played a giant role in the bounce back win over Sacramento as the bench scored a season high 64 points. Enes Kanter led the way with 23 and Dion Waiters wasn’t too far behind with 22 points.
It’s performances like this from the bench that will be extremely important down the stretch of the season.
The Thunder have gone 38-3 when their bench scores 30 points or more.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have put the pressure on the Thunder, but now it’s them who has to worry about injuries.
The Clippers will be without Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who was taking the place of the injured Blake Griffin. This will certainly cause a lot of problems for them down low in the paint. It will also add a lot of pressure to DeAndre Jordan.
Los Angeles could get Austin Rivers back, which will provide a defensive boost for them at the very least. Rivers has missed 10 straight games with a fractured hand. However with the thin lineup, he may come back to contribute here.
With all the injuries, Chris Paul has really stepped his game up to help out the cause. Paul has averaged 26.1 points and 11.4 assists over the past 7 games. Paul had 32 points in the last meeting with the Thunder.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
- Thunder are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
- Thunder are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Clippers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Clippers are 13-3-2 ATS in their last 18 games following a ATS loss.
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. L.A. Clippers NBA Prediction:
This will mark the first of 3 late season meetings between the two teams.
Health wise, small advantage to Oklahoma City. Recent play wise, small advantage to the Clippers (mostly thanks to Chris Paul).
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers -2
In this one, look for the Clippers to use Paul and Jordan a lot, as they grab a home win and inch much closer to the Thunder in the playoff race.
NBA Free Score Prediction: L.A. Clippers 107- Oklahoma City 102
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