Los Angeles Clippers (37-30) at Oklahoma City Thunder (41-29)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -4 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Los Angeles Clippers need a victory here to stay in the playoff race after winning five of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 109.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Lou Williams is averaging 23.1 points and 5.4 assists while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 15.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last seven road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look t stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 106.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.3 points and 10.2 assists while Paul George is averaging 21.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 8.9 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 10 of their last 14 home games.
The Clippers are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 Friday games, 16-4-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 Friday games and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 2 days rest. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma City, 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Paul George and Steven Adams are still both questionable, but I'm going to take OKC and the small chalk anyway. The Los Angeles Clippers are on the end of a back to back and coming off a tough loss to the Houston Rockets that came down to the wire. The Oklahoma City Thunder are still fighting for a top seed in the West and every win counts. OKC also tends to have more consistent success when it's just Westbrook and he's allowed to play a little more free, so I'm not sure the injuries will be that big of a deal. Give me the Thunder.