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Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:28 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 15, 2014 12:28 PM UTC

A crazy ending in Game 5 has the Clippers feeling hard done by. Los Angeles is just one more loss away from elimination, but they'll enter tonight's Game 6 as the favorites on the NBA betting boards. What's our top pick?
<p><b>Odds Overview<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Clippers, who picked up their second ATS cover of the series on Tuesday, will be favored by five points inside Staples Center for tonight's pivotal matchup. <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA betting odds and lines for every playoff game" href="">The total is available at either</a> 212 or 212.5 depending on the sportsbook, with the UNDER actually going 3-2 in the series so far.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em"><br /></b><b style="font-size:1em">Oklahoma City Thunder<br /></b><img src="" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" /><span style="font-size:1em">It certainly wasn't the prettiest of wins, but the Thunder will take it anyway they can get it at this point. They made some big plays down the stretch, coming from behind to win 105-104.</span></p> <p>Russell Westbrook was the star of the show for Oklahoma city, scoring 38 points on 11-of-23 shooting and adding six assists, five rebounds and three steals.</p> <p>Westbrook's performance made up for a mediocre game out of Kevin Durant, who hit only 6-of-22 shots in the win. Durant still managed a 27/10/5 line, with his perfect 12-for-12 record at the charity stripe helping the cause. As a team, the Thunder shot a terrific 88.9 percent (32-of-36) from the line.</p> <p>It was yet another two-man wrecking crew for Oklahoma City, as no one else scored in double figures. Serge Ibaka had eight points (4-of-8 FG) and seven rebounds, with Reggie Jackson and Steven Adams totaling 17 points between them off the bench.</p> <p>It was a monumental victory for the Thunder, who now need only one more win to wrap up their spot in the Western Conference finals, where they would face the San Antonio Spurs. We've seen Oklahoma City compete well at the Staples Center so far – will they do it again tonight?</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em"><br />Los Angeles Clippers<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">There was a lot of chatter about the refs for some questionable decisions down the stretch in Game 5, and rightly so.</span></p> <p>However, the Clippers didn't exactly play their best basketball in the closing minutes there. They made some mental errors and lost their composure when it mattered most, so let's not simply put that loss on the refs.</p> <p>Chris Paul had been playing a near flawless game, <a target="_blank" title="Take a look at our handicappers predictions for Game 5" href="/picks/nba/take-clippers-5-5-vs-thunder-nba-picks-game-5/39525/">but he was the biggest culprit</a> in the loss. Though he finished with 17 points, 14 assists and four steals, he was at the center of some poor decision-making and it ended up preventing Los Angeles from grabbing a 3-2 series advantage.</p> <p>Paul wasn't the only one who was having a good night. Blake Griffin ended up with 24 points and 17 rebounds, Matt Barnes had a double-double (16 and 10) and J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford hit six threes between them and each scored in double figures.</p> <p>Following such a heart-breaking loss, we're curious to see what kind of mindset Los Angeles comes out with back at home. We know the energy will be there, but will it be channeled in the right manner</p> <p>[gameodds]5/286096/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Game 6 Pick<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Again Jordan Sharp is taking a total play in tonight's playoff action, as he thinks the UNDER is the right call with our NBA picks.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>While we agree that's the way to go if you're thinking about playing the O/U, we can't help but feel the Clippers will come out extremely focused and force this series into a Game 7.</p> <p>This has been a tricky series to predict on a game-by-game basis, but ultimately <a target="_blank" title="Before placing your playoff bets take a look at our free NBA picks" href="/picks/nba/">we expect Los Angeles to control</a> this game and get the cover as well. Back the Clippers as the NBA betting favorites on their home floor.<b></b></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Pick: </b><span style="font-size:1em">Clippers -5</span></p>
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