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NBA Betting Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder- May 7th, 2014

The Los Angeles Clippers started Game 1 of their second round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a bang. Chris Paul absolutely lit it up from outside, and they got contributions from across the board. This Clippers team looks motivated, and like they’ll be tough to beat. The Thunder lost home court advantage while losing that game, but I’m not sure any team could have beaten the Clippers in Game 1. After a tough loss, and a motivational MVP trophy presentation to Kevin Durant, the Thunder are now turning to Game 2 to try to win one game on their home floor, which is something they absolutely need to see happen. Tip off is set for 9:30pm EST.

The Clippers won a franchise record 57 games this season, and they won a huge Game 7 in the first round against the Golden State Warriors. They average a crazy 107.9 points per game, and their offense has just been on fire this postseason. They were great at home with a 34-7 regular season record, but their Game 1 win was surprising as they were 23-18 away from home during the season. Expect to see the Clippers score some points, but the Thunder are going to do everything in their power to outscore this team.

Speaking of outscoring, if any team can keep up with the Clippers then it’s Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder. They averaged 106.2 points per game this season, and won 59 games. The Thunder also had a 34-7 record at home this season, showing just how strong they are in front of their home fans. They already lost home court though, so winning Game 2 of this series is absolutely crucial, because they can’t go to Los Angeles down 2-0.

Offensive Game

It’s no surprise to anyone that we should see a ton of points put on the board in this game. Both teams can light it up and have scorers who can push the ball and get to the free throw line also. I like this game to be high scoring, but I do think the edge goes to one side.

Consensus

The Thunder are -5 to -5.5 point betting favorites on most sportsbooks, and that’s a line I expected to see. After Durant got that MVP award, and they lost Game 1, I think this really refocused them. I’m going with the Thunder to get the win here but also to cover the spread and head to Los Angeles tied up 1-1.

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