NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Date/Time: February 23rd, 1:00 p.m. EST
NBA Betting Odds from Bookmaker
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City are two of the best teams in the Western Conference. In fact there is every reason to believe that these are the two teams that will be fighting for the right to lay for the NBA Championship. To make matters worse, both of these teams are coming off a loss heading into this marquee matchup.
The Thunder had a very bad loss in the last outing to the Miami Heat, but a win over the Clippers could erase all of that. They are a better team with the return of Russell Westbrook. The crowd erupted as Westbrook was introduced as a starter. His first minute of action was furious and had the fans on their feet. His first basket was a two-handed, fast-break dunk 37 seconds into the game, and he got a steal 17 seconds later. Now with a game under his belt he should be ready to go. The Clippers on the other hand need help with depth.
The second unit got outscored by the Grizzlies’ reserves, 43-7. The second unit didn’t get defensive stops and that has to changes if they hope to get defensive stops against the Thunder and if they hope to advance in the playoffs and have a shot at the NBA title.
The latest NBA betting trends reveal that the home team has the betting edge in this game. The Thunder are 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game, 39-19-1 ATS in their last 59 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record. The Clippers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when playing against a team from the Western Conference.
In the early meetings the Clippers are 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings when played in Oklahoma City, but they are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall and the home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. This is the kind of game that the Thunder need if they want to represent the western conference in the NBA finals. The Thunder responds after the loss to the Heat with a big win over the LA Clippers.
Free Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder
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