Tip-Off: 7:00 PM CT
Location: Paycom Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers (-5.5)
Clippers/Thunder Trends Against The Spread
|13-16 (44%) Overall||16-11 (59%) Overall|
|5-5 (50%) on the road||8-6 (57%) at home|
|10-13 (43%) as a favorite||15-10 (60%) as an underdog|
|3-3 (50%) as a road favorite||7-5 (58%) as a home underdog|
|Head To Head|
|0-1 (0%)||1-0 (100%)|
Clippers/Thunder Trends Against The Total
- OKC is hitting the over 40% of the time this season.
- The Clippers are hitting the over 44% of the time this season.
- The Thunder are 6-8 against the over at home.
- New Orleans is 4-6 against the over on the road.
With Paul George likely to miss his 5th straight game due to a sprained elbow, the Clippers are going to rely heavily on point guard Reggie Jackson. Jackson is averaging 17.5 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.5 rebounds, but in George’s absence, his scoring numbers have increased to 19.0 points and 5.3 assists.
Thunder fans will remember Reggie Jackson from his early years spent in OKC, and the way that he departed from the 405 left a bitter taste. He never did quite reach the level of play that he thought he could, but he’s had a solid career, and he will play a key role for LA tonight.
Luguentz Dort is likely to miss another game for the Thunder due a sprained ankle, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is fresh off an outstanding performance on Wednesday against the Pelicans. In 37 minutes, SGA racked up 33 points and 5 rebounds, and his near buzzer-beater to tie the game was spectacular.
Game 1 | OKC 94 – Los Angeles 99
Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 24-24 against the Clippers (15-8 at home, 9-16 on the road).
Why the Thunder Will Cover (+5.5)
The Thunder and the Clippers have had a plethora of close games over the years, and tonight should be no different. In the first matchup a month and a half ago, the Thunder lost to the Clippers by 5 in Los Angeles. I anticipate this one will be yet another tight one that goes down to the wire.
Why the Game Will Hit the Under (210.5)
The Clippers average 106.1 points per game, but teams tend to score less on the road, and with the Thunder still not averaging triple digits, I rarely have faith in the over. I anticipate tonight will be consistent with the trend of both of these teams failing to hit the over.
On the Season