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NBA Betting Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers- May 9th, 2014

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers are all evened up at one game a piece, as the Thunder avoided a massive disaster by potentially going down 2-0 with a convincing win in Game 2. The Thunder and Clippers are two intriguing teams to win the NBA Title this season, but they have to get past each other before having that chance. The Thunder’s bounce back game came just after Kevin Durant was awarded the 2014 MVP Award, and Russell Westbrook had a great game as well to lead them back to even up the series. For the Clippers, they came into Game 1 with a ton of emotion, and they were able to steal home court advantage. Now though, they are looking to hold on to that home court advantage in Game 3.

The Thunder are led by (obviously) the MVP in Durant, and also by quick point guard Westbrook. They really need these two to show up big in the next two games in Los Angeles. The Thunder averaged 106.2 points per game this season, but the Clippers were one of the few teams who outscored them. Their defense allowed 99.8 points per game during the season, and if they can keep the Clippers under 100 points then I believe they win this game.

The Clippers on the other side score 107.9 points per game during this regular season, and with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, there’s no surprise why. This team has a ton of talent, but they can’t let the Thunder slow them down. The winner of this series is going to be the one who can put up major points, which the Clippers are capable of. The Clippers have a nice home court advantage with a 34-7 record at home during the regular season.

Offensive Game

Obviously with two teams scoring over 106 points per game, you know that offense is going to be a major focus. There is a ton of talent on both sides here, and I believe that we see yet another shootout in Game 3 of this great series.

Consensus

The Clippers come in here as four point betting favorites on most sportsbooks, and I think that this is one where the Thunder steal home court back. They seem to have fixed whatever the issue was, and they’ll push the Clippers. I’m taking the Thunder to get the cover here, and possibly to even win the game as well, which would be huge for them moving forward.

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