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2020 NBA Handicapping (Orlando Restart)
(44-27) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers (48-23)
Date: Friday, August, 14th 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House| ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder+5 | Clippers -5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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The OKC Thunder and LA Clippers will complete their regular-season schedules Friday.
Both squads know their first-round opponent but the result of the Thunder and Rockets games Friday will determine final seeding.
Oklahoma City Thunder
It’s been a tough slog for the Thunder in the bubble when it comes to injuries. After staying relatively healthy all season they had to play seeding games missing both centers (Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel).
In the loss to the Grizzlies Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, Adams, Noel were all out.
Dennis Schroder is back quarantining after leaving Orlando to attend the birth of his daughter.
The win over the Heat came at a price as rookie Luguntz Dort hit knees with Jae Crowder. Fortunately, what looked like a potentially serious knee injury was listed as a knee sprain.
Rookie Darius Bazley (21) posted his third consecutive 20+ point game leading the way for his Thunder in the win.
He won’t play Friday and both Chris Paul (hand sprain) and Schroder (quarantining) are listed as out.
Los Angeles Clippers
Doc Rivers likely isn’t too worried about his Clippers record in the bubble seeding games. After all, he has two top10 superstars and the deepest bench in the association.
Yet it’s also likely the veteran coach would’ve preferred to get his core minutes together in order to establish a semblance of flow and build team chemistry.
Although this team is the favorite to come out of the West they’ll face several tests along the way including their first-round series which features wonder kid Luka Doncic and his running mate Kristaps Porzingis.
The one area the Clippers don’t have as much depth is at center although they added Joakim Noah. That matchup could prove more troublesome than some anticipate especially with the Mavericks seemingly figuring out their clutch time issues in wins late in their seeding games.
Montrezl Harrell is back in the bubble but still quarantining. It’s anticipated Doc would sit Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on Friday but they aren’t listed on the injury report. Landry Shamet (foot) and Patrick Beverley (calf) are out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- OKC are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Fri. games.
- LAC are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Favorite is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
- Home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction:
After the scares, the Thunder suffered with Dort, and with Adams, in the Lakers match, Billy Donovan shouldn’t take any chances and rest all his core in this outing.
Doc Rivers will likely be thinking the same although finding some semblance of rhythm is also looming for the Clippers.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers -5
The Clippers have the deeper squad but the Thunder are a scrappy bunch who might want to push for the win in order to hold the mental edge over the Rockets by virtue of having the higher seed.
But with Leonard and PG listed (for now) as playing go with the Clippers.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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