Oklahoma City Thunder (0-1) vs Los Angeles Clippers (0-1)Date : 10/19/2018
Time : 10:30 PM ET
Location : Staples Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers will welcome the Thunder to Staples Center for their second home of the season. The Clippers are coming off a lost against the Nuggets while the Thunder lost their season opener to the Golden State Warriors. Game tips off at 10:30 PM ET.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Latest Performance :
The Thunder are coming off a season opener loss against the Warriors. The Thunder were without their leader Russell Westbrook he had a knee procedure just before the preseason and there is no timetable to win he is coming back. This means Paul George will have to take responsibility for things offensively running the offense through him as he played in Indiana. PG scored 27 points against the Warriors shooting 9-of-23 from the floor he also had five assists, four steals. He struggled throughout the first half, but then had a 15-point, 6-of-9 shooting third quarter to get back on track. Dennis Schroder scored 21 points in his OKC debut and grabbed a career-high nine boards. He played well alongside George and will be getting Westbrook’s minutes until he makes his return.
Player to watch: Paul George, he will now have to put the Thunder team on his back, I expect him to put up a lot of points against the Clippers in order for the Thunder to come out with a win on the road, he will be going up against Tobias Harris. He is committed to the franchise long-term and will have to wait to play alongside Russ.
Los Angeles Clippers's Latest Performance :
The Clippers are looked good in their first game back against the Nuggets. They kept the game close until the 4th quarter. The only starter that was able to get things going was Tobias Harris, he scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, three blocks, and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes. It was a nice showing from the Clippers wing who is on par to have a breakout season. Boban Marjanovic had himself a night he scored 18 points in 18 minutes of play. With a game under his belt, the question still remains can the Clippers get more out of Boban he has the talent but does he capable of taking on a bigger role. Lou Williams scored 14 points with one rebound, five assists, and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Nuggets. It was an efficient 24 mins for Lou but I expect his minutes to increase during the season. Playing against the Thunder would allow Lou William to dominate the Thunder weak bench.
Player to watch: Tobias Harris, after a great first game he will now take on Paul George, it will be a great matchup for the two players as Harris will look to be the focal point of the Clippers offense this season.
How Oklahoma City Thunder & Los Angeles Clippers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Clippers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Friday games.
Thunder are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
Against The Spread Selection: Oklahoma City Thunder
My reason for the pick :
I am picking the Thunder to beat the Clippers on the road in this game after the Thunder put up a fight against the Warriors the Clippers shouldn’t be a problem for them. Paul George will have his way offensively against the Clippers defense while Schroder will chip in as well. For the Clippers, they will have a tough time finding offense as Harris and Lou are the only two players that are playing well on the team. The Clippers will need to refocus after dropping two straight games because every loss against a Western Conference opponent is going to be difficult to make up later on.
Thunder to beat the Clippers on the road.
Betting trends for Oklahoma City Thunder:
- Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Clippers:
- Clippers are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 vs. NBA Northwest.