Friday Pick: Clippers Look for Double-Up vs. OKC

Jason Lake

Friday, March 16, 2018 11:24 AM UTC

Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 11:24 AM UTC

The Los Angeles Clippers have done a fine job against the NBA odds this year, but they’ve got a tough row to hoe this Friday when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City ThunderFree NBA Pick: UnderBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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No, the Los Angeles Clippers didn’t win Thursday night. But they can hold their heads high; although the mighty Houston Rockets beat them 101-96, the Clippers covered as 11-point road faves, leaving them as one of the most profitable teams in the NBA at 37-30 SU and 37-29-1 ATS. And they held Chris Paul to 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting. That’s not nothing.

Next up for our heroes: the Oklahoma City Thunder (41-29 SU, 29-41 ATS), who are riding a four-game win streak at 3-1 ATS. Weren’t these guys supposed to be one of the worst NBA picks in the league? I believe they were. Four games is a small sample size, but let’s tread carefully here – especially since there’s nothing up on Friday’s NBA oddsboard yet as we go to press. Game time is 8 p.m. Eastern on NBA-TV.

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Oklahoma City goes into this game with two of its top players listed as questionable: Paul George (plus-2.8 BPM), who has a strained pelvis, and Steven Adams (plus-3.4 BPM), who has a contusion on his left hip. We could make this easy and recommend fading the Thunder if only Adams sits, which might be the most likely scenario, and following the Thunder if only George sits. That’s just science.

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OKC after 69 games last yr: 40-29

OKC after 69 games this year: 40-29

They added Paul George & Carmelo Anthony & haven't improved at all.

— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) March 13, 2018
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If both George and Adams have to miss this game, that makes life much easier on the Clippers. They’re going to be a tired bunch after making the trip from Houston, and head coach Doc Rivers rode his five starters pretty hard Thursday night. They’re one game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. There’s no time to lose.

Lastly, if George and Adams are both active, the Thunder might be worth a look against the weary Clippers, who are 3-8 ATS on zero days of rest this year. The UNDER might be even better considering George and Adams are less than 100 percent. It’s all going to depend on who’s healthy and how the basketball odds shake out, so pick the right adventure, and may the sphere be with you.

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