Fade Thunder vs. Clippers -4 in Game 3

Steven Suarez

Friday, May 9, 2014 5:09 PM GMT

Friday, May. 9, 2014 5:09 PM GMT

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook took over in Game 2, leading Oklahoma City to a dominant victory. With the series tied up, we head to Los Angeles, where Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers will try to bounce back as the NBA betting favorites.

Odds Overview
Just like the Indiana/Washington series, the home team is now favored by four points for Game 3. The Clippers, who have gone 37-8 in the regular season and playoffs combined at home this season, are the favorites.

The total for tonight can be locked in at either 213.5 or 214.5. For the record, the OVER hit in Game 1 and the UNDER barely came through as a winner in Game 2.

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Oklahoma City Thunder
Once again it was a two-man show for the Thunder, only this time it ended in a victory. 

Durant and Westbrook were absolutely unstoppable in Game 2. The MVP had 32 points on 10-of-22 shooting and added 12 rebounds, nine assists and two steals, while Westbrook had 31 points, 10 boards, 10 assists and three steals. They simply couldn't be stopped.

With those two leading the way, Oklahoma City shot 50.6 percent overall and outscored Los Angeles 46-38 in the paint. They also out-rebounded the Clippers 52-36, with Durant, Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins all grabbing at least seven boards in the win.

It was another chippy affair, as Westbrook and Steven Adams both got technicals. Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford also were called for technical fouls.

Another highly entertaining game should be on the cards for tonight, with the Thunder eager to carry over their offensive prowess from Game 2. The play of Westbrook has dictated how the team has done so far – will he channel his energy in the right way or veer Oklahoma City off course once again?


Los Angeles Clippers
As one would expect, the Clippers weren't hitting as many shots as they did in Game 1. The Thunder came out with more urgency on both ends of the floor and Los Angeles couldn't keep up.

After dominating Game 1, Chris Paul was held relatively in check on Wednesday. He finished with 17 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and three steals while shooting 6-of-13 from the field.

It was a poor game for a lot of typically productive Clippers. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan had only 22 points and 14 rebounds between them, bad numbers by their high standards. Meanwhile, Jamal Crawford couldn't buy a bucket (2-of-13 FG) and could only muster up seven total points.

You have to think we'll see better out of Doc Rivers' team here in Game 3, especially with the crowd behind them now.

Griffin has to get more involved on both ends of the court if Los Angeles is to have a chance in this series. The Clippers need to get him going early at whatever cost.


Game 3 Pick
Instead of a total play – Jordan Sharp has examined the odds and is going with the UNDER as his best bet – I think we should look towards the Clippers on the spread.

We believe people may be overvaluing Oklahoma City after that blowout win in Game 2. Yes, the Thunder have two superstars on their team, but the Clippers have the best leader and have more overall offensive weapons to turn to. That balanced scoring could be the difference in Game 3.

In front of what should be a rocking crowd at the Staples Center, we're expecting a win and ATS cover for CP3 and company. Back the Clippers as favorites.

Pick: Clippers -4

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