Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder - 3/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (41-21) at Oklahoma City Thunder (43-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -5 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers invade the Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.
The Clippers have won four of their last five games and will look to build on Monday's 109-90 win at Dallas. Chris Paul led the charge with 27 points and seven assists, DeAndre Jordan added 23 points and 20 rebounds while JJ Redick had 22 points as the Clippers dominated the Mavs in the second half by 59-38 to improve to 41-21 on the season and 20-10 on the road. With the win, Los Angeles moves within 1.5 games of the Oklahoma City Thunder who currently occupy the third overall spot in the Western Conference.
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Speaking of the Thunder, they had lost four of five games before steadying the ship with a 104-96 win at Milwaukee on Sunday. Kevin Durant dominated the game with 32 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists while Russell Westbrook had a triple-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as the Thunder made their intentions known early, storming out to an early 22-4 lead in the first quarter before holding off the Bucks in a much more competitive second half. Oklahoma City will be looking to solidify their defense as they've leaked an average of 109.8 points in their last eight games.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team above .600, while the Thunder are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Clippers are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 meetings in Oklahoma City while the road team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
These teams met just a week ago and it was the Clippers who rallied back from a 22-point deficit to beat the Thunder by 103-98 in one of the best comebacks in recent seasons. With that being said, the Thunder will still have that loss fresh in their memory and I expect them to come out with guns blazing and win this one at home.