Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers NBA Basketball Sports Betting Odds and Free Picks


Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
20-17 (6-11 V)
10:30 pm ET, Thursday, January 4, 2018
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
17-19 (10-7 H)
TNT, FS Oklahoma
 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers NBA Basketball Sports Betting Odds and Free Picks

The Los Angeles Clippers are starting to feel more comfortable in their own home, although the Oklahoma City Thunder might actually be slightly more familiar with the surroundings.

When the Thunder face the Clippers on Thursday, it will be their second game in two days at Staples Center, having defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 133-96 there Wednesday. With the victory, the Thunder righted themselves from a two-game skid that had followed a six-game winning streak.

A second consecutive victory won't come easy as the Clippers have won four straight games and six of their last seven. Five of those six victories have come at Staples Center, with the Clippers in the midst of one of their longest home stretches of the season.

Thursday's game will be the Clippers' fifth consecutive at Staples Center (one game was as the visiting team against the Lakers), and they will run that streak to seven consecutive when they host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday and the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

But the comforts of home have not buoyed their fortunes as much as the return of All-Star forward Blake Griffin.

Since coming back a full month early than projected from a knee sprain, Griffin has scored at least 21 points in each of the three games of his return, and pushed his on-court minutes to 36 in Tuesday's 113-105 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Griffin's injury was just one in a number of setbacks so far for the Clippers.

Indeed, with players such as guard Patrick Beverley (knee) lost for the season, forward Danilo Gallinari (glute) likely out another month and guard Austin Rivers (ankle) questionable, the Clippers are getting contributions all over the roster. Guys like guard C.J. Williams, forward Montrezl Harrell and forward Wesley Johnson have taken advantage of the opportunity.

The Thunder (21-17), of course, take their cues from guard Russell Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double during a stellar December. On the season, Westbrook is averaging 24.7 points, with 9.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists.

Combined with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, the Thunder's Big Three averages about 60 percent of the team's points each night. Westbrook, George and Anthony are all coming off 20-point games against the Lakers. Rookie Terrance Ferguson also put up 24 points.

But offense is not the Thunder's only identity. George and Westbrook are first and second in the league in steals, collecting 2.45 and 2.00 respectively.

That defense wasn't at its best in a surprise 116-113 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Their prior defeat Friday to the Bucks came in controversial fashion when Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo appeared to step out of bounds before scoring the game-winning basket.

Overall, December was still good to the Thunder. They went 12-5 in the month, even with the slip on the final few days of 2017. Now, with the new year, the Thunder hope to have clicked the reset button.

The Thunder had two days off to correct those recent shortcomings before facing the Lakers on Wednesday.

While Westbrook was named Western Conference player of the week for games played Dec. 18-24, the Clippers' Lou Williams was the next winner of the award, earning it for games played Dec 25-31.

Williams has done much of his damage off the Clippers' bench this season, and has managed to step up his game even more since Rivers has missed the past two games. In those two games without Rivers, Williams has averaged 36.5 points per game.

Only a few weeks ago, with Griffin expected to be out for another month and a half, all looked grim for the Clippers. Now at 17-19 and closing fast on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Clippers are thinking big.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers Betting Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
503 Oklahoma City Thunder
-1
504 Los Angeles Clippers
213

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -2 and Over/Under 214 according to Bovada Sportsbook


 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report

 

Team Records

Oklahoma City Thunder

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 21-17 14-6 7-11 15-23 9-11 6-12 104.32 100.39 3.93
Last 10 7-3 5-2 2-1 5-5 3-4 2-1 109.80 101.30 8.50
vs Div 5-5 4-1 1-4 2-8 1-4 1-4 102.50 99.80 2.70
vs EAST 9-7 5-4 4-3 8-8 4-5 4-3 104.63 100.00 4.63
vs WEST 12-10 9-2 3-8 7-15 5-6 2-9 104.09 100.68 3.41

Los Angeles Clippers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 17-19 10-7 7-12 20-16 10-7 10-9 105.72 105.72 0.00
Last 10 6-4 4-0 2-4 8-2 4-0 4-2 107.70 103.10 4.60
vs Div 7-1 4-1 3-0 6-2 4-1 2-1 114.88 103.38 11.50
vs EAST 5-8 3-3 2-5 8-5 3-3 5-2 99.31 101.85 -2.54
vs WEST 12-11 7-4 5-7 12-11 7-4 5-7 109.35 107.91 1.44

Betting Odds Trends

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Oklahoma City is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games
Oklahoma City is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing LA Clippers
Oklahoma City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games when playing LA Clippers
Oklahoma City is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers

LA Clippers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
LA Clippers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers's last 6 games
LA Clippers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
LA Clippers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Clippers's last 9 games at home
LA Clippers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
LA Clippers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Clippers's last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
LA Clippers is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Clippers's last 7 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City

 

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Injuries

Oklahoma City Thunder

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Alex Abrines SG Ques Thurs - Groin - 1/4/18 Abrines was held out of the last game with a right groin strain and it is undetermined if he will take part in Thursday's contest against the Clippers.
Andre Roberson SG Mid Jan - Knee - 1/2/18 Roberson is dealing with patellar tendinitis in his left knee and is not expected to return before the middle of January.

Los Angeles Clippers

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Austin Rivers PG Ques Thurs - Achilles - 1/3/18 Rivers sat out his second-consecutive game due to a right Achilles strain and it is undetermined if he will suit up against the Thunder on Thursday.
Danilo Gallinari SF Early Feb - Buttocks - 12/21/17 Gallinari has been out of action due to a partial tear in his right glute and is expected to miss six weeks.
Patrick Beverley PG out for season - Knee - 11/23/17 Beverley had surgery to repair a microfracture and torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Recent Meetings

Date Home/Away Line ATS
11/10/17 OKC (120) - LAC (111) -5/209.5 OKC/O
1/16/17 LAC (120) - OKC (98) -8.5/217.5 LAC/O
12/31/16 OKC (114) - LAC (88) -9/210 OKC/U
11/11/16 OKC (108) - LAC (110) 4.5/206.5 OKC/O
11/2/16 LAC (83) - OKC (85) -7.5/208.5 OKC/U
3/31/16 OKC (119) - LAC (117) -16.5/208.5 LAC/O
3/9/16 OKC (120) - LAC (108) -6/215 OKC/O
3/2/16 LAC (103) - OKC (98) 1/218 LAC/U
12/21/15 LAC (99) - OKC (100) 2/210 LAC/U
3/11/15 OKC (108) - LAC (120) -6.5/210 LAC/O

Oklahoma City Schedule/Results

NEXT 5 | Remaining Games
Date vs Last Meeting Line ATS Mar Date Where
1/13/18 @CHA 103-116 (L) -7.5/206.5 LO -20.5 12/11/17 OKC
1/10/18 @MIN 111-107 (W) -5.5/208.5 LO -1.5 12/1/17 OKC
1/9/18 POR 99-103 (L) -3/210.5 LU -7.0 11/5/17 POR
1/7/18 @PHO 99-120 (L) -9/229 LU -30.0 4/7/17 PHO
1/4/18 @LAC 120-111 (W) -5/209.5 WO 4.0 11/10/17 OKC
LAST 10 | Past Results
Date vs Score Line ATS Mar OKC FG Opp FG Reb
1/3/18 @LAL 133-96 (W) -5/214 WO 32.0 56/93 38/92 44-45
12/31/17 DAL 113-116 (L) -7.5/203.5 LO -10.5 43/89 46/89 45-36
12/29/17 MIL 95-97 (L) -6.5/208 LU -8.5 38/83 40/85 45-43
12/27/17 TOR 124-107 (W) -3.5/209 WO 13.5 46/87 36/85 52-34
12/25/17 HOU 112-107 (W) -2.5/219.5 WU 2.5 43/79 35/81 40-38
12/23/17 @UTA 103-89 (W) 1.5/197.5 WU 15.5 39/88 33/72 45-37
12/22/17 ATL 120-117 (W) -11/204 LO -8.0 44/82 44/85 40-27
12/20/17 UTA 107-79 (W) -8/197.5 WU 20.0 40/77 26/73 42-39
12/18/17 DEN 95-94 (W) -5/210.5 LU -4.0 39/81 37/86 40-45
12/16/17 @NY 96-111 (L) -4/202 LO -19.0 36/85 38/69 42-35

L.A. Clippers Schedule/Results

NEXT 5 | Remaining Games
Date vs Last Meeting Line ATS Mar Date Where
1/11/18 @SAC 122-95 (W) -5.5/205.5 WO 21.5 12/26/17 LAC
1/10/18 @GS 113-141 (L) 5.5/222 LO -22.5 10/30/17 LAC
1/8/18 ATL 116-103 (W) -3/209 WO 10.0 11/22/17 ATL
1/6/18 GS 113-141 (L) 5.5/222 LO -22.5 10/30/17 LAC
1/4/18 OKC 111-120 (L) 5/209.5 LO -4.0 11/10/17 OKC
LAST 10 | Past Results
Date vs Score Line ATS Mar LAC FG Opp FG Reb
1/2/18 MEM 113-105 (W) -5.5/206.5 WO 2.5 39/71 38/79 34-38
12/31/17 CHA 106-98 (W) -2/212 WU 6.0 36/76 36/93 42-47
12/29/17 @LAL 121-106 (W) -3/218 WO 12.0 42/86 46/94 49-35
12/26/17 SAC 122-95 (W) -5.5/205.5 WO 21.5 44/80 40/96 49-36
12/23/17 @MEM 112-115 (L) 3/198 PO 0.0 39/79 40/90 36-47
12/22/17 @HOU 128-118 (W) 12/221 WO 22.0 43/91 36/78 38-43
12/20/17 PHO 108-95 (W) -5.5/215.5 WU 7.5 41/87 35/97 50-50
12/18/17 @SA 91-109 (L) 11.5/199.5 LO -6.5 37/84 40/82 43-45
12/16/17 @MIA 85-90 (L) 6/205.5 WU 1.0 35/80 31/82 46-37
12/15/17 @WAS 91-100 (L) 10.5/208.5 WU 1.5 33/86 39/88 47-50