A Western Conference tilt has the Oklahoma City Thunder (36-36) and the Los Angeles Clippers (38-35) squaring off on Thursday night. With the regular season rapidly approaching the end, these contests become more crucial. The Clippers are currently the fifth seed in the conference standings, while Oklahoma City is eighth, just 1.5 games behind Los Angeles. Paul George (knee) and Norman Powell (shoulder) are out for the Clippers.
Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Caesars Sportsbook lists Los Angeles as a 4.5-point favorite in the latest Thunder vs. Clippers odds. The over/under for total points is 231.5. Before making any Clippers vs. Thunder picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Thunder vs. Clippers and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the NBA lines and trends for Clippers vs. Thunder:
- Thunder vs. Clippers spread: Los Angeles -4.5
- Thunder vs. Clippers Over-Under: 231.5 points
- Thunder vs. Clippers money line: Los Angeles -180, Oklahoma City +152
- OKC: Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- LAC: Under is 5-1 in Clippers' last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Thunder vs. Clippers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Clippers can cover
Center Ivica Zubac is a nimble and smooth presence in the paint. Zubac has a soft touch around the rim while being a secure rebounder. The 26-year-old averages 10.6 points and 10.1 rebounds while shooting 62% from the field. He has totaled 24 double-doubles throughout the campaign, including on March 19 against the Portland Trail Blazers, when Zubac had 14 points and 10 boards.
Marcus Morris Sr. is a talented player at both forward spots for the Clippers. Morris has a smooth jumper from the mid-range area and downtown. The Kansas product averages 11.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. On March 18 versus the Orlando Magic, Morris had 13 points, three rebounds, and two steals.
Why the Thunder can cover
Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander thrives in getting into the lane and scoring the ball. Gilgeous-Alexander shows good body control and can finish around the basket consistently. The Kentucky product is also disruptive in passing lanes as a defender. Gilgeous-Alexander ranks fourth in the league in points (31.4) with 4.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.7 steals. On March 19 against the Phoenix Suns, he racked up 40 points, five boards, and four assists.
Guard Josh Giddey provides Oklahoma City with an elite facilitator who has a high IQ. Giddey excels in the pick and roll due to his ability to make quick and smart decisions. The 20-year-old leads the team in both rebounds (7.8) and assists (6.1) with 16.1 points per game. In the March 14 game versus the Brooklyn Nets, he had 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.
How to make Thunder vs. Clippers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 224 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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