Sportsbooks have listed a line of 5.5 points, with Oklahoma City as the favorite. Will they bounce back, and even up the series? The total for tonight's game is at roughly 215, with the 'over' easily cashing in Game 1 back on Monday.
Los Angeles Clippers
What a simply remarkable offensive performance we saw out of the Clippers in Game 1. Los Angeles had 39 points after one quarter, and had already gone over 100 (105) after three. They finished as 122-105 victors, easily cashing as 5.5-point underdogs ahead of tipoff.
The Clippers shot 54.9 percent from the floor overall, and 15-of-29 (51.7 percent) from three. Their biggest lead was 29, with Chris Paul orchestrating the blowout win from start to finish with his aggressive play.
CP3 hit 8-of-9 from beyond the arc, and ended up with 32 points to go with 10 assists in just under 28 minutes. Incredible efficiency there. Blake Griffin was excellent too, scoring 23 points while adding five boards and five assists in the easy win.
The Clippers looked relaxed after surviving a grueling series with Golden State, and only turned the ball over nine times. Now, they have the advantage in these Western Conference semi-finals, and will be aiming to deliver another killer blow tonight (that sounds like great free NBA betting advice...).
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder started strong early in the first quarter, but they had absolutely no answers for the Clippers on the defensive end, and that continued throughout the whole game. Oklahoma City couldn't get stops and that was the difference.
We talked about how effective the Clippers were in shooting the ball, and while it's unlikely they'll be so efficient from deep again in Game 2, the Thunder are going to have to come up with different defensive looks to make things more difficult on their opponents.
For Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook had 29 points, four assists and four rebounds, but turned the ball over six times, and never really got others involved. Kevin Durant hit 9-of-19 shots for 25 points, yet the Thunder were -26 with him on the court.
Scott Brooks has to find ways to get the role players more involved. Serge Ibaka hit 6-of-9 shots and should be a much bigger factor in this series, while Reggie Jackson, and Caron Butler were a combined 2-of-15 for seven total points. They have to be better.
The Thunder clearly had a lot to go over after that Game 1 debacle, and we'll see how they're able to respond against what appears to be an extremely locked-in Clippers team.
Prediction: This is going to be an incredibly high-scoring series, and Game 1 was only the beginning. The Thunder struggled to really get into a flow, yet still managed to score 105 points, and we saw how unstoppable the Clippers were.
Look for more of the same in Game 2. This series is going to come down to who can execute better on a more consistent basis, and we don't foresee seeing too much high-quality defense. There are simply too many offensive weapons in this matchup.
The 'over' was an easy hit in Game 1, and Jordan Sharp is thinking we should stay the course, and go the same way tonight. I'm in agreement, and will be recommending readers take this total play as one of their NBA picks for the night.
Free NBA Pick: 'over' (and slight lean on Thunder)