Thunder at Clippers - 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 begin their 2014 season with a Thursday matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the STAPLES Center.
Despite being undermanned, the Oklahoma City Thunder did everything they could in a 106-89 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Russell Westbrook scored 38 points and racked up six assists, while Lance Thomas scored 14 points off the bench. The Thunder really hung around for three quarters but wasn’t able to keep it up for the final 12 minutes, as OKC was outscored 31-12 in the fourth quarter. The Oklahoma City Thunder clearly missed Kevin Durant, as they were just 2-16 from downtown in the loss. This game may also need to be the Westbrook show for OKC, as Jeremy Lamband Reggie Jackson are both doubtful for this matchup with injuries. The Thunder must get some of their players back before they dig themselves in an early hole in the West.
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Once again the Los Angeles Clippers enter the season as one of the favorites to win the NBA championship. With a trio of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers are one of the more talented teams in the league and can put up points with the best of them. Griffin was a monster during the preseason and enters as a true candidate for the MVP award. During the offseason, the Clippers bolstered their bench with the addition of Spencer Hawes, who has the potential to be a double-double machine for LA off the bench. Glen Davis is expected to miss this game with a groin injury and Jamal Crawford is probable despite dealing with a hamstring injury. The Los Angeles Clippers are a dangerous team and have the potential to make you a ton of money this season.
The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Clippers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles.
Until the Thunder return to form and simply get some of their bench players back in the rotation, it’s tough to back Oklahoma City. Westbrook can only do so much and as we saw in the Portland game, he can’t do everything for 48 minutes. Oklahoma City is an automatic fade until at least Lamb and Jackson return.