The Oklahoma City Thunder (27-12) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (25-14) on Tuesday, January 16th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on TNT. Both the Thunder and Clippers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 ET.
Thunder vs Clippers
The Thunder Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Thunder lost to the Lakers with a final score of 112-105. Besides losing the game outright, the Thunder also fell short against the spread, failing to cover as -2.5 point favorites. As for the over/under, the combined score of 217 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 241.
Coming into their matchup with the Clippers, the Thunder hold an overall record of 27-12 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, the Thunder are currently in 2nd place and are also 2nd in the Northwest division.
Oklahoma City currently has an ATS record of 27-12, placing them above .500 against the spread. When playing on the road, the Thunder hold an ATS record of 11-7 in contrast to a 16-5 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Clippers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Clippers will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Timberwolves with a final score of 109-105. Turning the tide, the Clippers picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 46-45.
In non-conference play, the Clippers have gone 6-3 and have a 19-11 record against Western Conference opponents. Their overall record is 25-14 and they have gone 2-1 in their last three games.
Los Angeles has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 20-19 against the spread. On the road, the Clippers have an ATS record of 9-10, as opposed to a 11-9 record against the spread when playing at home.
Thunder Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Thunder’s offense is rated 3rd in the league in scoring, averaging 122.1 points per contest.
When it comes to scoring, the Thunder are one of the most potent teams in the league, averaging 122.1 points per game (3rd). However, on the road, they are scoring slightly less at 119.2 points per game (5th).
So far this season, the Thunder have outscored the NBA scoring average in 74.4% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 9th in the league at 100 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Thunder are one of the most efficient teams in the league. They are shooting 50% from the field (2nd) and have the 2nd best three-point shooting percentage at 38%. Overall, they are 2nd in true shooting percentage.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
The Los Angeles offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 9th ranked offense at 117.4 points per game.
So far this season, the Clippers are averaging 117.4 points per game, which is 9th in the NBA. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 5th at 49%. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 1st in three-point shooting percentage at 39%.
When playing at home, the Clippers are averaging 117.6 points per game compared to 117.2 on the road. In terms of pace, they are 26th in the league at 97.1 possessions per game.
So far this season, the Clippers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 53.8% of their games. In terms of assists, they are 20th in the league at 25.7 per game. In terms of offensive rebounds, they are 19th in the league.
Thunder Team Defense
Currently, the Thunder’s defense holds the 14th rank in the NBA, allowing 113.3 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Thunder squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 51.2% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 35.8% from downtown.
Clippers Team Defense
So far this season, the Clippers defense has been performing well, ranking 10th in the NBA at 111.9 points allowed per contest. Los Angeles’ defense is currently forcing 12.5 turnovers per game, which is 9th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 16th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.2 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Thunder And Clippers
In today’s game, our projections have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the Thunder with 29 points on 10/19 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 31.3 points per game, along with 5.8 rebounds.
On the other side, Kawhi Leonard is our projected leading scorer for the Clippers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 24 and grabbing 6 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 51.9%, and his scoring average is 24 points per game.
Thunder vs Clippers Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Oklahoma City has an ATS record of just 4-6. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 120 points per game.
- Across their three previous home games, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 112 points per game.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Thunder have a straight up record of 6-4 and an ATS mark of 7-3.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Clippers have a straight up record of 9-1. But, their mark vs the spread was just 7-3.
In this Thunder vs. Clippers matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Thunder at +5.5. While we project the Clippers to win 117-116, our recommendation is to bet on the Thunder for the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 236.5 and given that our model is projecting 233 points between the teams, we like the under.
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