NBA Betting Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder- May 5th, 2014

The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder are setting up for what may be the most talked about and intriguing round two match-up of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Both of these teams were pushed to the brink in Game 7’s of their opening round series, as the Clippers were able to beat the Warriors at home, and the Thunder were able to win against the Grizzlies on their home floor as well. Home court in this series goes to the Thunder thanks to finishing second in the Western Conference, which was by far the tougher conference.

The Clippers come into this game after a win that was emotional and huge for their fans. The crowd was absolutely ridiculous on Saturday night, but they have a quick turnaround before taking on the Thunder at home. They are led by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, who have absolutely been willing this team and playing great basketball, but also by the strong efforts from role players, as well as DeAndre Jordan, who has been excellent on the boards and blocking shots. This is a scary team, and the Thunder are going to need to take care of home court advantage against them.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are leading the charge for the Thunder, and they both played amazing in their Game 7 against a Grizzlies team who was without Zach Randolph, and featured an injured Mike Conley and Tony Allen. Regardless though, a Game 7 win is a Game 7 win, and they had to play on Saturday night as well. The one benefit that the Thunder have from the turnaround time is that they played Game 7 on their home floor and get to stay at home, while the Clippers have to travel.

Offensive Firepower

When you have two teams who can put up points like the Clippers and Thunder, then you should expect the fireworks. Durant and Westbrook against Paul and Griffin is going to be great to watch, and I think we could see these teams topping 100 points pretty consistently in this series.


The Thunder come into this game as five point betting favorites, and that’s about to be expected on their home floor. With that being said though, the Clippers are playing with a type of emotion that I haven’t seen in a while, and the carryover from their Game 7 should keep this game incredibly close, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see an upset. I’m taking the Clippers +5.

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