Thunder Look for Payback vs. Clippers & First Winning Streak

Matthew Jordan

Monday, October 29, 2018 11:58 AM UTC

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 11:58 AM UTC

The Oklahoma City Thunder have yet to have a winning streak in the new season. That could change Tuesday night when they host the Clippers.

LA Clippers (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) at Oklahoma City (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS)Tuesday, 8 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Thunder ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been huge disappointments thus far in the early going but look to build a bit of momentum Tuesday when they host the Clippers. Interesting schedule on Tuesday with no game later than this 8 p.m. ET tip.

If OKC doesn’t get going soon, don’t be surprised if Billy Donovan is the second head coach fired this season (Cleveland dumped Ty Lue over the weekend). The Thunder went way over the luxury tax this offseason in re-signing Paul George among other moves, so ownership isn’t going to be happy paying about $75 million in luxury taxes for a team that misses the playoffs. I’m sure the Thunder will get their act together eventually.

Part of the slow start was that Russell Westbrook had no training camp and missed the first few games following September knee surgery. Plus, defensive stud Andre Roberson is likely out until Christmas. This team is seriously flawed, though, in perimeter shooting.

The Thunder swept the Clippers last year but lost in L.A. on Oct. 19, 108-92. Westbrook had yet to debut. Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris scored 26 points each for the Clippers, who outscored OKC 37-15 in the final quarter. Believe it or not, Boban Marjanovic was a big part of that with 10 points. Boban!! L.A. native Paul George led Oklahoma City with 20 points but was 7-for-27.

The Clippers are 6-13 in Oklahoma City this decade including playoffs.

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Thunder Fix Things?

Oklahoma City got its first win Sunday night, but it was over Phoenix (117-110), which doesn’t mean much because the Suns suck again, were on the second of a back-to-back, and were without star guard Devin Booker. Westbrook was questionable with a sore right shoulder but played and had 23 points (didn’t attempt a single 3-pointer), nine rebounds, seven assists, four steals and six turnovers. He’s giving the ball away too much, but then he always does.

Center Steven Adams sat with tightness in his calf. Free agent pickup Nerlens Noel took his spot and blew up with 20 points and 15 rebounds. OKC still ranks just 27th in the NBA in scoring at 104.8 per game and isn’t a great defensive team (111.6 ppg) so it needs to score more.

The Clippers have been a pleasant surprise and trucked visiting Washington Sunday 136-104 for a second straight win. A whopping nine Clippers scored in double figures, led by Harris’ 22 points and 13 rebounds. Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to impress and had 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Forward Luc Mbah a Moute sat with a sore left knee. He doesn’t add much except on defense.

So far, you know where you stand with the Clippers after the first quarter. They are 4-0 when leading after one and 0-2 when not.

  • Favorite is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
  • Clippers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Oklahoma City.

We’ll back those trends and recommend the Thunder for a Tuesday NBA pick. Be nice to know if Adams is playing, but perhaps OKC found some confidence on Sunday even against a bad team. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the past seven in the series.

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