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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 1/4/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder (21-17) at Los Angeles Clippers (17-19)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Clippers +1 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT, FSOK

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 103.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 24.8 points and 10 assists while Paul George is averaging 20.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.8 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last 10 road games.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 1/4/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Clippers look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 105.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 23.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while Lou Williams is averaging 21.7 points and 4.8 assists. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won six straight home games.

The Thunder are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 road games, 6-15 ATS in their last 21 vs. Western Conference and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Clippers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings and the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the end of a back to back and the Los Angeles Clippers have found themselves again recently with the return of Blake Griffin. However, the Thunder are simply the better overall team and have been playing really impressive on the defensive end as of late. This is also one of those rare times where the team on the end of a back to back doesn't have to travel, as they're simply returning to the Staples Center. I almost never turn down free points with the better team and I usually side with the better team in a pick em situation. So, give me OKC in this spot. 

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