The NBA is set up with a strong slate of games throughout Sunday. Seven games are up on the board throughout January 24. One of these games will be between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers. These two teams have been off to a solid start to this season and will look for a win in this one. This one will tip off at around 4:00 PM Eastern time.
Oklahoma City has earned a record of 6-8 throughout this season, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference. The Thunder have lost back to back games and four of their last five games. Oklahoma City has struggled a bit as of late, but will look to earn a big win in this one. I expect the Thunder to try and come out fast in this one as they look for a win.
The Clippers have put up a record of 12-4 so far this season, which has them in the top spot of the Western Conference. Los Angeles has won six games in a row coming into this one. The Clippers will look to keep it going with a big win in this one. Los Angeles is tied with the Lakers for the top spot and will look to keep that lead with a win in this one.
These two teams have had opposite starts to the season. Los Angeles will look to keep their winning streak going as they enter this matchup. The Thunder have struggled as of late, but will look to turn it around. Oklahoma City lost their last game to the Clippers and will look to bounce back with a win in this one. I expect the Thunder to come out hot in this one.
The Thunder and the Clippers met up four times throughout last season. Los Angeles hosted the first game. Montrezl Harrell scored 28 points and 12 rebounds off the bench to help lead the Clippers to a 90-88 win. The second game shifted to Oklahoma City. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 32 points, while Dennis Schroder had 28 points. The Thunder finished with a 118-112 win in this one.
The third game of the season series stayed in Oklahoma City. Kawhi Leonard finished with 25 points, while Paul George and Montrezl Harrell each had 16 points. The Clippers finished with a 109-94 win on the night. The final game of the season series was during the qualifiers on August 14. Terance Mann dropped 25 points and Amir Coffey had 21 points to help lead Los Angeles to a 107-103 win.
The first game of this season’s series was on January 22. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points and Luguentz Dort added 19 points. Kawhi Leonard finished with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Paul George dropped 29 points and Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Clippers were able to finish with a 120-106 win on the night.
These two teams met up four times last season, but it was Los Angeles finished with a 3-1 series win. The Thunder were able to earn a win once last season. Los Angeles was able to win their first game of the season series this season. The Clippers will look to take over in this one as they look to earn a win in this one. Oklahoma City will look to turn this series around with a big win on Sunday night.
Field Goal Shooting
Oklahoma City has not been great shooting the ball early in this season. The Thunder have been able to make around 44.8 percent of their shots throughout this season, which is 20th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has made 33 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 29th in the league. The Thunder are making 72.1 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 26th in the NBA.
The Clippers have been one of the best teams shooting throughout the early part of this season. Los Angeles has made 48.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 2nd in the league. The Clippers have made 43.3 percent of their shots from deep, which is best in the NBA. Los Angeles has shot 84.5 percent from the free throw line, which is also best in the league.
Los Angeles has been the best team shooting the ball throughout this season. The Clippers have been able to dominate from the field. Oklahoma City has been solid at times on defense this season and they will need to step up in this one. The Thunder have struggled from the field this season, but if they can control the pace inside the arc, it could give them an edge on Friday night.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the leader for this Thunder team throughout this season. Gilgeous-Alexander has been able to make around 21.5 points and 6.5 assists per game this season. Luguentz Dort has averaged 14 points per game this season. George Hill and Hamidou Diallo are both averaging 11 points per game. Darius Bazley has averaged 10.5 points per game for Oklahoma City to round out the lineup.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have both helped lead this Los Angeles team this season. Leonard is averaging 25.5 points per game. George has averaged 24.5 points per game. Serge Ibaka is averaging 12 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Marcus Morris has averaged 11 points per game, while Nicolas Batum is averaging 10 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their leaders early in this season. Gilgeous-Alexander has continued to step up for this Thunder team as he has taken over. Leonard and George have both had strong starts to the season. I expect these two teams to look for their bench to step up in this one to try and give them the edge on Sunday afternoon.
The Clippers are the much more complete team coming into this one, but I think that Oklahoma City could pull off a huge upset in this one. The Thunder were dominated by Los Angeles on Friday night, which I think can lead to a hotter start in this one. If Oklahoma City can come out strong on defense in this one, I think they can pull off a big upset.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -1200 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Clippers will win this game around 92.3 percent of the time. While Los Angeles is the better team, this line is too big. Oklahoma City has lost three in a row to the Clippers and that streak will not continue forever. As huge underdogs in this one, I really like the value on the Thunder to pull off a big upset.