Cappers Pick 'Over' in Clippers vs. Thunder Game 2

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:52 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 7, 2014 12:52 PM UTC

After blowing out the Thunder in Game 1, the Clippers look to really pile on the pressure with another road victory tonight. The NBA odds will one again favor the home team, but will Los Angeles come out and dominate once again?
<p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" src="/video/embed/?videoId=20042" height="330" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><b>Odds Overview<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Sportsbooks have listed a line of 5.5 points, with Oklahoma City as the favorite. Will they bounce back, and even up the series?</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span><span style="font-size:1em">The total for tonight's game is at roughly 215, with the <a href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-clippers-vs-thunder-game-1/39310/" title="Another winning NBA Pick in Game 1 Clippers vs. Thunder" target="_blank">'over' easily cashing in Game 1</a> back on Monday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><br /></span></p> <p><b>Los Angeles Clippers<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">What a simply remarkable offensive performance we saw out of the Clippers in Game 1. </span><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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 <a href="" title="A bettor claims that Paul's performance was one of best in history" target="_blank">Chris Paul</a> orchestrating the blowout win from start to finish with his aggressive play.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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. <a href="" title="A bettors asks, " target="_blank">Blake Griffin</a> was excellent too, scoring 23 points while adding five boards and five assists in the easy win.</span><b style="font-size:1em"> </b></p> <p>The Clippers looked relaxed after surviving a <a href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-warriors-vs-clippers-series-price/38960/" title="Our winning Series Prediction for Warriors vs. Clippers" target="_blank">grueling series with Golden State</a>, 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 <a href="/picks/nba/" title="Complete with all your betting needs" target="_blank">great free NBA betting advice</a>...).<b> </b></p> <p><b> </b></p> <p><b> </b><b style="font-size:1em">Oklahoma City Thunder<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The <a href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-oklahoma-city-thunder-team-futures-odds/33527/" title="Our Predictions for Thuder's performance in 2013-14" target="_blank">Thunder started strong</a> 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.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>For Oklahoma City, <a href="" title="Forum discussion about Westbrook's knee surgery" target="_blank">Russell Westbrook </a>had 29 points, four assists and four rebounds, but turned the ball over six times, and never really got others involved. <a href="" target="_blank">Kevin Durant</a> hit 9-of-19 shots for 25 points, yet the Thunder were -26 with him on the court.</p> <p><a href="" title="Doc Rivers vs. Scott Brooks forum examination" target="_blank">Scott Brooks</a> 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 <a href="" title="One bettor outright claims that Reggie's a bum" target="_blank">Reggie Jackson</a>, and Caron Butler were a combined 2-of-15 for seven total points. They have to be better.</p> <p>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.<b> </b></p> <p style="text-align:center"> <a href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-clippers-vs-thunder-game-2/39346/" title="The Sharp Pick on Game 2 Clippers vs. Thunder" target="_blank">Click for another handicapper's betting advice on Game 2 Clippers vs. Thunder.</a></p> <p><b>Prediction: </b><span style="font-size:1em">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.</span></p> <p>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.</p> <p>The 'over' was an easy hit in Game 1, and <a href="/picks/nba/nba-picks-oklahoma-city-thunder-team-player-profile/33613/" title="Read the Sharp Pick Thunder Team Player Profile here" target="_blank">Jordan Sharp</a> 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.</p> <p>[gameodds]5/286081/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>Free NBA Pick: </b>'over' (and slight lean on Thunder)</p>
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