NBA Picks Against the Spread: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Wednesday, 11/21/12, 7:30 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma City -4.5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma City -4.5
Opening Total:  199.5
Current Total:  198.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Oklahoma City Thunder have tallied 62 assists in their last two games

Los Angeles is absolutely rolling after picking up a 92-87 victory over the San Antonio Spurs as 4.5-point road underdogs, as the team aims to extend its win streak to seven games on Wednesday night.  The Clippers were led offensively by the play of point guard Chris Paul, who scored 19 points and dished out eight assists, while power forward Blake Griffin contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds.  Los Angeles is 3-0 ATS as an underdog this season, with the UNDER going 2-1 in those contests.

The Clippers are going to be one of the more attractive NBA picks against the spread, as they’ve won all three of their road games against Western Conference opponents.  Los Angeles has also compiled a 9-6 record in 15 matchups in this particular series since the Thunder relocated to Oklahoma City.  With an 8-2 record, the team has matched its best 10-game start to a season in franchise history.  Defensively, the squad has limited its last seven opponents to under 46 percent shooting, which is two games shy of the longest such streak in team history.

Oklahoma State has won back-to-back games by scoring 110 or more points in each contest, including a 119-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, while going OVER the total for a third consecutive contest.  The Thunder have compiled a 5-2 record inside Chesapeake Energy Arena this year, which includes a 2-1 mark versus conference foes.  Playing team basketball has been key in the team’s last two games, as its 62 combined assists in that span is an Oklahoma City era record.

The Thunder are allowing opponents to score 95.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting through 11 games this season.  Oklahoma City has allowed teams to reach the century mark on just three occasions.  Point guard Russell Westbrook is really making a name for himself, as he’s only the fifth player in the last 10 years to averaging 19-plus points, six-plus rebounds and four-plus assists in the league.  Offensively, the team has been tremendous behind the arc, as it leads the NBA in shooting 43.5 percent from the three-point area.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the UNDER is 11-3 in the Thunder’s last 14 games when playing on two days rest.

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