The two hottest teams in the NBA square off as the Los Angeles Clippers host the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, Tuesday Jan 21st. The Thunder have won eight of ten and the Clippers are winners of seven of their last ten. OKC won their last meeting over the Clippers 117-111, at home, in overtime. NBA oddsmakers have the Clippers as -1 point home favorites over the Thunders with the over/under set at 200 points. Be sure to check out the 2013 NBA Point Spreads now.
The Thunder (32-9, 13-6 V) lost to the Denver Nuggets 118-121, on the road, in overtime. The Thunder beat Dallas in overtime Friday night behind a career-high 52 points from Kevin Durant They lost for the first time in five overtime games this season. They got 37 points from Durant and 36 from Russell Westbrook.
A missed free throw by Durant with 1:44 to go in OT ended his streak of 50 consecutive free throws. Durant scored 30 or more points in a career-best fourth consecutive game.The Thunder are 20-5 this season when Westbrook and Durant each score at least 20 points.
The Clippers (32-10, 19-4 H) lost to the Golden State Warriors 99-106, on the road. Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers. Jamal Crawford added 24 points off the bench. Chris Paul, playing in his second game after sitting out three with a knee injury, had just four points on 1 of 7 shooting.
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said the team would reevaluate Paul’s status before clearing him to play against Oklahoma City tonight. “You could see he doesn’t have that extra burst like he usually has,” Del Negro said. “It’s nice to have him out there because he settles everything down. It’s just that he can’t play at the level he’s used to with the injury.”
Recent Betting Trends to Consider:
Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Thunder are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Underdog is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Thunder are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles.
Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Clippers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs LA Clippers
When: Tuesday, Jan 22, 2012@10:30 PM ET
Pick: Clippers -1
The Bottom Line: If Chris Paul is out, the Thunder will take it. We recommend you check out the latest NBA Point Spreads heading into the Thunder vs Clippers game.