Thunder vs. Clippers Spread Prediction
The Thunder got back on track Thursday night in Portland with an upset win over the Trail Blazers but they’ll visit a hot Clippers team at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Will the Thunder struggle playing on no rest?
10:30 p.m. ET, Friday, March 8, 2019
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Clippers are 2-point favorites to beat the Thunder. The total, meanwhile, sits at 236.5 points and as of this writing, 55% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Warriors to cover the point spread.
Oklahoma City Thunder Fantasy Spin
Paul George made 7-of-23 from the field and 17-of-20 from the line for 32 points during a 129-121 overtime win over the Blazers on Thursday, adding 14 rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes. His 17 makes and 20 attempts from the line are both career-highs as PG-13 was not afraid of contact. The TNT broadcast shared that George had rehab on his shoulder with five-pound weights and focused on lifting above his head. He had a strained rotator cuff to keep him out for three games and had worked on it over the summer, so this might have been something he has played through. He looked much healthier in this game compared to Tuesday, but it'll be interesting to see if the Thunder dial him back for a Friday back-to-back set. He has a four-game week coming up next week, too.
Los Angeles Clippers Fantasy Spin
Danilo Gallinari shot 3-of-5 from three in Monday's win over the Lakers, finishing with 23 points (9-of-15 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), six rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. Gallinari has now scored 18 points or more in each of his last eight games, and he's seemingly bounced back from a 2-of-14 night in the Clippers' February 27 loss to the Jazz. Gallo has been a top-60 player over the last two weeks in nine-category leagues, and he's ranked well within the top-50 for the entire season. With there still being work to do if the Clippers are to reach the postseason Gallinari should continue to put up solid numbers.
NBA Betting Trends
The Thunder are 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games overall.
The Clippers have covered the spread in five straight games.
After trading Tobias Harris at the deadline, many believed the Clippers would struggle to compete. It’s been the opposite, as L.A. has won seven of its last 10 games, including pulling off a small upset over in-city rival the Lakers on Tuesday night. The home team is 7-2 against the spread in the last nine meetings between these two teams while the favorite has covered the number in seven of the previous eight games. I like the Clippers against a Thunder team that is 1-4 against the number in their last five road games and is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games playing on no rest.
Friday NBA Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers -2