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2021 NBA Handicapping
(47-24) LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (21-50)
Date: Sunday, May 16th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -400 | Thunder +310
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 221.5
Sunday, May 16th the LA Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder play for the third and final time this season. The two prior games on January 22rd (120-106) and January 24th (108-100) were both won by the Clippers.
The Thunder holds the all-time record between the squads with 138 victories in 220 meetings. Last season the teams played four times with the Clippers taking three of the four contests.
It was interesting listening to an NBA TV show that said the Clippers were just going to lose their final game to ensure not getting the third seed just in case the Lakers pull out the sixth seed.
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There are two glaring problems with this thinking. First, even if the Lakers win they have to rely on the Blazers losing to get the sixth seed and whose to say the Nuggets don’t just hand the Blazers the match?
And more glaring is I’m not sure there is any team as adept at tanking or knowing which strings to pull with the lineup substitutions to ensure the loss as the Thunder.
On Friday, the Clippers rested Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Patrick Beverley in their loss to the Rockets. For this match, those players aren’t on the NBA injury report but that doesn’t mean Ty Lue won’t rest them.
DeMarcus Cousins (left foot soreness) and Terance Mann (personal reasons) are questionable for Sunday while Amir Coffey (health and safety protocols) is listed as out.
Oklahoma City Thunder
As noted this is a team that will do whatever they can to lose this game. They didn’t just lose 23 of their last 24 games to suddenly step up and win in the final game of the season. Especially since the Thunder are in the mix to land one of the bottom three positions for the lottery.
The Magic and Thunder are currently tied for that final third slot with a record of 21-50 while the Wolves and Cavaliers each are a game ahead with a 22-49 record.
The Rockets are locked into one of the bottom three seeds while the Pistons will likely join them given they have the second-fewest wins and play Miami Sunday who are still vying for their playoff seeding (fifth or sixth).
At end of day Sunday, any teams that in the bottom three or have identical records that place them in the bottom three will be seeded by a series of coin tosses.
Like every game the Thunder injury report is fluid but Luguent Dort (knee – patellar tendinitis), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (right foot plantar fasciitis), Ty Jerome (left calf), and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Clippers are 7-3 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Clippers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 3-7 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Thunder are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone under in 6 of OKC’s last 8 games against the Clippers.
- The Clippers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games.
Free LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Regardless of whether the Clippers would prefer to lose this game the Thunder have an entire season of tanking experience and aren’t about to let LA who are headed for the postseason steal their final loss.
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