Bet Clippers -5 over Thunder in Game 4

Steven Suarez

Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:58 PM GMT

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder will try to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series this afternoon, but the Clippers have other ideas. After looking closely at the various NBA betting odds and information, we've come up with our favorite pick for Game 4.

Odds Overview
Adjustments have been made and Oklahoma City's superstars have taken over the series. Heading into Game 4, the Clippers are once again favored, this time by five points at practically every sportsbook we've looked at.

The O/U seems to be settling in at 215, with the OVER having hit in two of the first three games in the series so far. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder
What a great win in Game 3 for the Thunder. They've firmly taken back control in the series and are showing why they were considered the favorites to advance on to the Western Conference finals.

In what was another shootout, Oklahoma City more than kept their own two nights ago. As a team they shot a very impressive 55.7 percent from the floor while connecting on 35.3 percent (6-of-17 from three) and 85.7 percent (24-of-28) from the free throw line. The Thunder also out-rebounded the Clippers 44-33.

Yet again, Durant and Westbrook were terrific. Durant had 36 points on 14-of-24 shooting as well as eight rebounds and six assists. Westbrook went for 23 points (7-of-14 FG), 13 assists and eight rebounds while only turning it over twice.

The supporting cast stepped up too. Ibaka was hitting everything, going 9-of-10 from the field for 20 points while also grabbing six boards. Reggie Jackson and Caron Butler each scored 14 points off the bench, with the latter hitting a couple dagger threes late in the fourth.

It's going to be hard for the Clippers to cope with the Thunder if they execute like they did in Games 2 and 3, especially with Westbrook making smarter decisions with the basketball. The length of Oklahoma City has given Los Angeles a ton of problems so far. Will it continue in Game 4?

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Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers couldn't get consistent stops against the Thunder and cost them in Game 3.

Offensively, Los Angeles shot 45.2 percent from the floor overall, but they only hit 7-of-26 (26.9 percent) from beyond the arc. For a team that relies heavily on the three, that's just not going to cut it, especially come playoff time.

A couple positives to take out of the game individual-wise. Blake Griffin had his best game of the series so far, scoring 34 points on 13-of-22 shooting and adding eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Meanwhile, Chris Paul had 21 points and 16 assists without a single turnover.

The Clippers have been content to get into shootouts throughout the season and have more often than not come out on top.

However, the Thunder are one of the few teams out there that can keep up offensively, and that fact's been proven true through the first three games of this Western Conference semi-final. Something has to change if Los Angeles wants to get back on track.

 

Game 4 Pick
As far as Jordan Sharp is concerned, there's no reason to shy away from the OVER. It's been good to backers so far in this series and he thinks we're in for yet another shootout in Game 4.

While we agree that the OVER has a good chance of hitting, we feel more comfortable in taking the Clippers on the spread. This is a game they absolutely must win and we think they'll come out with an incredible amount of energy right from the start.

The Thunder could take their foot off the gas just a little bit after re-taking over home-court advantage. That would leave the door open for a big Los Angeles win this afternoon as they aim to even up the series once again.

NBA Pick: Clippers -5