Clippers vs. Thunder Prediction
When two rivals meet up tonight at 9PM ET, who has the edge as the Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the Los Angeles Clippers?
513 Los Angeles Clippers at 514 Oklahoma City Thunder
Saturday, December 15, 2018
9PM ET – Chesapeake Energy Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Thunder are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Clippers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 223.5 points. The public betting currently has 64 percent going on the Thunder as a favorite at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Clippers in a funk
The Clippers have been having a pretty good season, but have dropped four of their last five after getting throttled by the Spurs, 125-87 on Thursday. They have failed to cover in five straight games. Los Angeles is 17-11 on the season, 8-8 on the road, 15-13 against the spread and 17-11 with the over.
Los Angeles has been pretty stout on offense this season, averaging 114.3 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Clippers are giving up 113.6 points per game. The team is currently without guard Lou Williams due to a hamstring injury. He has been one of the leading scorers on the team. Tobias Harris is leading the team this year with 20.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while Danilo Gallinari is adding 18.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.
OKC in a funk as well
The Thunder have lost three of their last four following a 109-98 loss at Denver last night. They are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games. OKC is now 17-10 on the season, 10-3 at home, 15-12 against the spread and 15-12 with the under.
The Thunder have been okay on offense, averaging 111.1 points per game, but they have struggled with their shooting. As a team, OKC shoots just 45.2 percent from the floor and 31.9 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Thunder are giving up only 105.4 points per game while opponents shoot just 32.4 percent from the arc. Russell Westbrook is averaging a near triple-double of 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 9.9 assists per game this year. Paul George is adding 24.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Clippers are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games and 4-12 ATS int heir last 16 against Southwest opponents.
The Thunder are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss.
While both teams are struggling right now, the struggles are very different, OKC has had their three losses all come on the road while the Clippers have been losing on the road and at home. Los Angeles has also had all four of their losses come by double figures, with the lone win being at Phoenix in OT. The loss of Williams to injury has really impacted the team and I think the Clippers will continue to struggle tonight at Oklahoma City.
NBA Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -6.5