Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 5/11/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23) at Los Angeles Clippers (57-25)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers look to even the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon.
Head to head, the Thunder are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles while the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Clippers are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games following a S.U. loss, but just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder on the other hand are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games.
Down 2-1 in this series, I was all ready to take the Los Angeles Clippers in this pivital Game 4. However, getting five points is simply too good to pass up. I realise this is a must win game for LA and they have already defeated the Thunder by 17 points in this series, but let's face it, that was only because Chris Paul went off from beyond the arc, hitting his first eight three-pointers. In the two games since, CP3 has gone 4-11 from downtown - solid numbers, but nothing close to what he did in Game 1.
When you look back at Game 2, pretty much everyone important for the Clippers had solid outings and they still lost. Blake Griffin finished with 34 points, Paul added 21 and dished out a game-high 16 assists while Barnes, Crawford and Jordan added a combined 44 points. Only J.J. Reddick had a bad game, scoring just five points on 1-6 shooting. Having said that, he only played 21 minutes cause of matchup reasons. The one area they can improve on is their three-point shooting as they only connected on 7-26 from beyond the arc.
I just don't think Los Angeles has what it takes to slow down Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka. KD and Westbrook can get into the lane pretty much whenever they want and that in-turn leaves Serge to hit wide open jumpers time after time.
Not that it really means much in the grand shceme of things, but the Thunder have won seven of 10 against the Clippers, not just straight up but against the spread as well. LA probably wins, but it's going down to the wire...
Dan’s Pick: Oklahoma City +5
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