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L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Point Spread Pick

Time: 9:30 PM EST Monday May 5, 2014, TNT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Thunder host the L.A. Clippers in Game 1 of a Western Conference semifinals series.

In their last games: The Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors 126-121 and the Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-109.

In their win over the Warriors 3 Clippers starters scored at least 20 points and tor the game L.A. shot a FG% of 55.4%.

In their win over the Grizzlies Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 60 points and OKC shot a scorching 60.9% from the floor.

These 2 teams met at the end of the season in L.A. and the Thunder beat the Clippers 107-101.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 6 games between these 2 teams in Oklahoma City the total has gone Over 5 times.

The Clippers are 13-5 ATS in the last 18 games against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

Overall, the Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against the Clippers.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Thunder -4.5
Total: 212

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
L.A. Clippers: 61-28 SU 48-40-1 ATS
Oklahoma City Thunder: 46-40-3 SU 28-34-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• LA is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• LA is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
• LA has an Over record of 8-2 in their last 10 games.
• OKC is 10-4-2 ATS in their last 16 home games.
• OKC is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
• OKC has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings

L.A. Clippers: 96.76
Oklahoma City Thunder: 96.61

Key Player Injuries
Hedo Turkoglu G/F Sidelined Apr 29 back Day-to-day
Matt Barnes G/F Sidelined Apr 8 toe Day-to-da


Point Spread Pick:

I’m not so certain that the Clippers have put the Sterling distraction behind them but they catch a battle weary Thunder team that had 4 games go to OT against a very game Grizzlies squad. So I’ll call that a draw and base my lean on some past numbers. The LA Clippers did beat Oklahoma City as the visitor back on February 23rd but overall the Thunder was dominating at home against the West in the regular season winning 23 of the 26 games. So, to call for an outright win here by Oklahoma City wouldn’t be a reach. Can they cover the 4.5 points? The straight up winner in this matchup has covered the spread in 10 straight.
Take the Oklahoma City Thunder -4.5

Why waste money? Bet this game at and lay -105 instead of -110!

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