Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers NBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/11/14 Game Four
Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23) at Los Angeles Clippers (57-25)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers will play game four of their NBA playoff series on Sunday afternoon. The Thunder lead the series 2-1.
The Thunder won game three and stole back home court with a 118-112 win thanks to 55.7 percent shooting and 36 points from Kevin Durant. For the first time throughout the playoffs, the Thunder’s bench also chipped in with 34 points. The Thunder are now averaging 111.8 points on 52.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting in their last five games. The Thunder are 16-5 SU in their last 21 games when scoring 100 or more points. Russell Westbrook is shooting 58 percent from the field and averaging nine assists in this playoff series, easily some of his best basketball of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder are 48-41-3 ATS overall and 22-22-1 ATS on the road.
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In the game three loss, the Clippers shot just 45.2 percent from the field and were outrebound once again, 44-33. Chris Paul scored 21 points and played 42 minutes without a single turnover, but the lack of Clippers defense cost them the victory. In the Clipper’s last five games, they’re averaging 112 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 48 percent shooting. Tough to win when the Clippers are allowing the Thunder to get whatever they want offensively, and they’re just 10-9 SU in their last 19 games when allowing 100 or more points. After being a monster in the Golden State series, DeAndre Jordan is averaging just eight points and eight rebounds in this series. The Los Angeles Clippers are 49-42-1 ATS overall and 23-23 ATS at home.
The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games. The Clippers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
I'm worried about the lack of defense the Clippers are playing, but this is a must win game for them. You can't go back to Oklahoma City down 3-1. The Clippers will make the proper adjustments and knock down a few more big buckets to not only win but cover the minor spread.