|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAA thunderstorm may be expected in southern California tonight with Oklahoma City rolling into Staples Center to tip it off against the Los Angeles Clippers beginning at 10:30ET. The game can be seen as the second half of a doubleheader on NBA TV.
On Saturday, even with Minnesota all star Kevin Love out, the Thunder had a struggle with the Timberwolves, albeit, emerging with a 115-110 victory. In that one, Kevin Durant netted 43 points. Russell Westbrook added 35 of his own and 8 assists for good measure. Serge Ibaka grabbed 12 boards and had 5 blocks as well. As a team, the Thunder outrebounded the TWolves 53-39. 17-10 on the offensive boards.
Oklahoma City (44-16) is also in a struggle to maintain the top seed in the West over San Antonio. They currently have a one game lead, but are tied in the loss column. The Thunder have won 2 straight and are 19-10 on the road.
The standings are of utmost importance to the Clippers (37-23) too. They are attempting to win their first ever division title. They are sitting in fourth place of the Western Conference trailing their Staples Center stablemate, Los Angeles Lakers by 1.5 games ( 1 in the loss column ). On Saturday, they beat Golden State 112-104 for their third consecutive victory. Chris Paul had 28 points and 13 assists in that one.
L.A. is 11-2 in their last 13 contests which included a win against these same Thunder less than a week ago on April 11th, 100-98. Chris Paul had 31 points in last weeks game, including the go ahead score with just under 9 seconds remaining. The Clippers have won 2 of the 3 affairs between these two teams this year. Prior to Pauls standout performance in the last one, the game prior to that in Oklahoma City, he managed just 13 points in a 114-91 loss. In that game, Blake Griffen and Caron Butler each had 22 points.
Durant had 22 of his own in last weeks game between these two units. Oklahoma City is a road sportsbook betting favorite at minus 2.5 points on a $110/$100 wager. Another bet of $110 will be required to play the over/under of 198 total points.