Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 10/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0) at Los Angeles Clippers (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers kick off their season against the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.
The Los Angeles Clippers will be eager to write off the ugliness of last season after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs following the Donald Sterling dramas. In the summer, LA signed Spencer Hawes and Jordan Farmar who will both play significant roles on this team, but probably their biggest move was taking in the excitable Steve Ballmer as their new owner. Finishing last season as the league's best offense, the Clippers did little to improve their defense. However, you just feel that the key players just need to stay healthy and we will see the LA right near the top of the Western Conference.
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Speaking of health, the Oklahoma City Thunder hope Kevin Durant can get over his injury quick because even with Russell Westbrook pouring in 38 points last night, they still lost to the Trailblazers by 106-89. Lance Thomas added 14 points off the bench and Serge Ibaka had 10, but the Thunder completely fizzled out in the fourth quarter where the Blazers outscored them by 31-12. Durant did say after he had surgery that he won't rush his rehab at all, but after what I saw last night, his patience will surely be tested for a while.
Head to head, the Thunder are 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Los Angeles while the Under is 4-1 in the last five overall.
Given what I saw from the Thunder last night, it looks like Westbrook will be able to carry the offense against the weaker teams in the league but I doubt he'll be able to keep with the more elite teams and the Clippers are just that. This isn't the strongest play of the night but for me, it's either the Clippers to cover or stay away completely.