Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 5/15/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (59-23) at Los Angeles Clippers (57-25)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers look to even the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 on Thursday night.
Head to head, the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles while the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Clippers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Thunder on the other hand are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games.
I took the over 212.5 in Game 5 and I fell short by four points, but you have to admit, that game looked like it was going to sail over until the fourth quarter where they combined for just 43 points. Still, a loss is a loss and I'll cop it on the chin.
Everything aside, Game 5 was a hell of a contest. Up 13 with a little over three minutes remaining, it looked like the Los Angeles Clippers were going to coast to a comfortable victory and in the process, take a commanding 3-2 series lead and the potential to close things out tonight. Alas, the league's MVP would ensure that wouldn't happen as Kevin Durant hit a couple of clutch three's to drag his team back, while Russell Westbrook finished things off by draining three-straight free throws in what was a controversial finish.
What did I think of the Reggie Jackson's out of bounds call with just seconds remainning? Well, for one, I think he should of passed it to an open Durant or Russell Westbrook, which would of tied the game and most likely sent it into overtime, making my over a winner. But in all seriousness, I'm still unsure about that call. While it look like a clear foul by Matt Barnes at first, it didn't really look like on in the slow-mo replay. Not only that, but I still can't decide if the ball was last touched by Barness or Jackson. Nevertheless, the Clippers were up by 13 points with only a couple of minutes remaining and should of never been in that position.
After the first two games of this series were decide by double-digits, the last three games have been decided by a combined nine points, with the last two by a combined three points. I see another tight battle tonight, it's that easy...
Dan’s Pick: Oklahoma City +4.5
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