Matchup: Oklahoma City Thunder at LA Clippers Game 3
Time: 3:30PM Est on ABC
Latest Odds: Clippers -5/Total 215
The series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the LA Clippers is one of the more entertaining of the second round. After stealing the home court in Oklahoma City, the Clippers lost it back to the Thunder when they dropped game three. Now with the series on the line the Clippers need to win game three or risk being on the brink of elimination.
The Clippers had no answer for the reigning MVP of the NBA. The MVP had his second straight stellar performance in OKC’s second straight win of the series. KD went for 36 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in a back-and-forth Game 3 win for the Thunder. After a pair of double-digit losses either way, this game had giant individual performances on both sides, flaring tempers, highlight-reel dunks, blocks, crossovers and even blood (from Blake Griffin’s nose). It was essentially all you could ask for out of playoff basketball. So the next game should be equally exciting to watch and wager on.
The Clippers cannot blame their superstar for the loss. Chris Paul scored or assisted on 55 of the Clippers’ 102 points with him on the court. When Paul was on the bench, the Clippers shot 27 percent and were outscored by 10 points in six minutes. It was in a losing effort, but Friday marked the 2nd time in Chris Paul’s career that he had a playoff game with at least 20 points, 15 assists, and no turnovers. He is going to need some help if they have any intention of making this a series.
The latest NBA betting trends favor the road team in this game. The Thunder are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games when going up against a team with a winning straight up record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 against a team that plays in the Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in the last five games overall. The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games when they go up against a team with a winning road record.
The Clippers need to win this game and despite the final scores on some of the most recent meetings, these teams are evenly matched. Now is the time for the Clippers to play their best basketball if they hope to extend this series. KD will get his points, but look for Blake Griffin to control the paint and the Clippers to get a big win to tie this series up.
NBA Playoffs Picks: LA Clippers
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