Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/7/14 Game Two
Los Angeles Clippers (57-25) at Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder will meet for game two of the NBA playoffs on Wednesday night. The Clippers dominated game one, 122-105.
In the game one victory, the Clippers shot 54.9 percent from the field and knocked down 15 threes. Chris Paul led the way with 32 points and Jamal Crawford chipped in 17 points off the bench. In Paul’s last two games, he’s combined for 24 assists and 54 points. The Clippers are now shooting 47.7 percent from the field in their last five games and improve to 23-4 SU in their last 27 games when scoring at least 100 points. Defensively, the Clippers are allowing opponents to shoot 40.7 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games, but that matters little when 11 players have made at least one bucket, which was the case on Monday. The Los Angeles Clippers are 49-40-1 ATS overall and 26-18-1 ATS on the road.
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The Thunder turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 32.1 percent from downtown in the game one loss. The lack of three pointers made has haunted the Thunder throughout the playoffs, as Kevin Durant is making only 32.8 percent of his threes. The Thunder are now 3-8 SU in their last 11 games when allowing 100 or more points. The Thunder have to find that third scorer in order to compete with a deep Clippers team, as Durant and Westbrook combined for 54 of the teams points in game one. The Thunder are getting just 30.2 points from their bench in their last five games, which is about a point and half below the league average. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 46-41-3 ATS overall and 25-19-2 ATS at home.
The Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Thunder are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games. The Clippers are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Oklahoma City.
There's just no way I can turn down free points with the Clippers at this point. Sure, Paul making eight threes likely won't happen again and you're going to see a more prepared OKC team. However, the Clippers are the much deeper team of the two and have more than enough scoring to keep this close, if not win again SU.
Take the points and the Clippers.