Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 5/7/14
Los Angeles Clippers (57-25) at Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 See the Latest Odds
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder look to bounce back in Game 2 against Chris Paul and the Los Angles Clippers.
Head to head, the Clippers are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Oklahoma City while the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Thunder are 18-7-1 ATS in the last 26 games following a double-digit loss at home, but just 0-6 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Clippers on the other hand are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win of more than 10 points, 1-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
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Chris Paul, CP3, call him what you want, but he was awesome in guiding his Los Angles Clippers squad to a very surprising 122-105 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 on Monday night. Paul hit his first eight three-point attempts, which was a career-high, en route to a game-high 32 points and dished out 10 assists in just three quarters of action. The All-Star point guard was the main reason that the Clippers got off to such a good start, leading the Thunder 39-25 at the end of the first quarter, which proved to be the difference in the game. As a team, LA shot 15-29 from beyond the arc, compared to just 9-28 for Oklahoma City. The Clipps were out-rebounded 47-31, but it didn’t matter cause they were hitting everything from the field, led by the aforementioned Paul.
Should Thunder fans be concerned moving forward? I don’t think so. It’s not like they played all that bad, they just couldn’t stop LA from downtown. They still got a combined 66 points from the trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, but not much from anyone else. While CP3 is a decent three-pointer shooter, he is not known for his outside shot, so I very much doubt we see another performance like that again.
Who doesn’t like OKC in this spot? As soon as Game 1 finished, I knew the Thunder were going to be my play because they can ill afford to go down 0-2 in this series. With their backs to the wall, I expect KD and Russ to lead the way to an OKC win and cover. And like I said before, the chances of Paul going off like he did in Game 1 are very slim.
Dan’s Pick: Oklahoma City -5.5
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