Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 11/13/13
Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1) at Los Angeles Clippers (5-3)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds
Two heavyweights collide on Wednesday night as Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers play host to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder from STAPLES Center.
Head to head, the underdog is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The Clippers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. The Thunder on the other hand are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games when playing on 2 days rest, but just 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
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After suffering back-to-back losses on their recent Florida road-trip, the Los Angeles Clippers have since bounced back with consecutive victories against a pair of likely playoff teams in Houston and Minnesota to improve to 5-3 overall. Los Angeles, who owns the league’s No.1 offense, pouring in 109.9 points per game, where held in-check in losses at Orlando and Miami last week, scoring under 98 points on both occasions. However, it didn’t take them long to get back to their high scoring ways as they put up 107 and 109 in wins over the Rockets and Timberwolves, respectively. A big part of their early success has to be attributed to the play of Chris Paul, who became the first player since John Stockton in 1991-92 to record a points-assist double-double in each of his first eight games.
Winners of four-straight, the Oklahoma City Thunder sure are happy to have Russell Westbrook back healthy and playing. Westbrook made his surprise return in the Thunder’s 103-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns two Sunday’s ago and they haven’t lost since, winning four on the trot to improve to 5-1 on the young season. As good as OKC has been since his return, they were lucky to come away with the win in their last outing against the visiting Washington Wizards on Sunday as they trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter before some Kevin Durant heroics sent the game into overtime, where they would eventually come away with a 106-105 victory. Once again, Durant led the way with 33 points and is currently leading the league in scoring, averaging 30.2 through six games.
The Thunder swept the Clippers last regular season 3-0, but I think that changes tonight. There is no doubting that Los Angeles is greatly improved since last season while you could argue that Oklahoma City took a step back with the departure of Kevin Martin. While Durant can keep you in any game, I just think Westbrook is still finding his feet and truth be told, the Clippers are just a more complete team at this stage. Not a game I would touch, but rolling with CP3 and company here...
Dan’s Pick: Los Angeles -3.5