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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
January 16, 2024
The streaking and red-hot Los Angeles Clippers get set to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night inside the crypto.com arena in Los Angeles, CA. They tip it off at 10:00pm during a light night on the hardwood.
has installed the Clippers as a - 5 point favorite.
Los Angeles Clippers Betting Preview
The Clippers (25-14) have enjoyed a nice bounce back start to the season as they sit 11 games over .500. They have a solid record and they have ripped off eight wins out of their last ten games overall as they enjoy the top spot in the Pacific Division.
They have shown they can win high-scoring games and they love to get out and push the pace and the tempo when the opportunity arises. They have several big-time scorers and they always figure out a way to create solid spacing on the floor, which means several players get their cracks at open looks.
On offense, they are paced by two veteran players in Paul Georga and Kawhi Leonard, who are both averaging over 20 points per game. Leonard averages over 24 a game and George nets close to 23 a contest. Both can also shoot the ball from long range and are capable of getting hot from beyond the arc.
The Clippers connect on a solid 55% from the floor, including 39% from beyond the arc. Their bench has really been a great addition to their offense this season. Veteran point guard Russell Westbrook has accepted his role on the team and quietly has added 10 a game for them.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview
The Thunder have also enjoyed a great start to their season and they have played some of their best basketball over the course of the last month or so.
They are led on offense by rising star and the face of the franchise in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who averages around a monster 31 points per game. He has been dealing with some injuries, though, as he is battling through a right knee sprain for the Thunder. When on the floor, he also grabs down six rebounds and hands out seven assists per contest.
Overall, the Thunder are like the Clippers when it comes to wanting to push the pace and the tempo. Look for Jalen Williams to also get into the mix for them as he is averaging around 18 points per game. As a whole, the Thunder connected on 57% from the floor, including 33% from beyond the arc early on this season and they have had games where they have been red-hot from three-point land.
Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick
The Clippers are 3-2 in their last five games and 2-3 in their last five games against the spread. They are also 9-10 in their roadgames against the spread and the totals have gone over in three out of their last five games overall. The Thunder are 4-1 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the spread. They are a solid 10-6 in their road games against the spread and the totals have gone over in three out of their last five games. The totals have gone over in three out of the last five games.
Pick: Clippers - 5
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