Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 5/13/14
Los Angeles Clippers (57-25) at Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder square off against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 on Tuesday night.
Head to head, the Clippers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Oklahoma City while the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings. The Thunder are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 18 home games, 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Clippers on the other hand are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 conference semifinals games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
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I haven’t taken any totals in this year’s playoffs thus far, but I think I will start tonight. While Game 4 only produced 200 total points, that was the lowest total these two teams have put up in since back in late November. Since that time, their totals have looked like this – 242, 208, 227, 213, 230 and then Game 4 which was 200 points. Taking away Sunday’s total, that’s an average of 224 points in their last five meetings. While we can’t just throw away Game 4 results, it’s clearly a one-off game when looking back at their previous meetings. Further on from this, the over has hit in six of their past eight meetings in Oklahoma City.
As far as picking a side goes, it’s pretty hard to look past the Thunder in this one. While the Clippers did dominate Game 1, that was only because Chris Paul was unconscious from beyond the arc, hitting his first eight three-point attempts. That’s not to say he can’t and won’t do it again in Game 5, but it’s highly unlikely. Since that time, OKC has looked like the better team as they controlled Games 2, 3, and three quarters of Game 4 before the Clipps came storming back in the last quarter to even this series at two games apiece.
Like I touched on earlier, I think these two teams will get back to their high scoring ways and while 213 points might seem like a lot for a playoff game, it’s not when you consider these two teams have gone over 225 points in three of their last six meetings. I see OKC winning this one 112-106...
Dan’s Pick: Oklahoma City -5.5
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