Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers NBA Picks & Predictions 10/19/2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
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The Oklahoma City Thunder head to 0 to take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, October 19, 2018. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles as 1.5 point favorites.
The Thunder head into this matchup after finishing last year with a mark of 48-34. They were 2nd in the Northwest Division. They had a point differential of 3.5 as they averaged 107.9 points per contest while giving up 104.4 per game. The Clippers had an overall record of 42-40 last season. They were 2nd in the Pacific Division. They averaged 109.0 points per game and surrendered 109.0, good for a point differential of 0.0.
Valuable Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Trends
The Oklahoma City Thunder were 36-50-2 against the spread last season
The Oklahoma City Thunder were 39-49-0 against the over/under last year
Important Los Angeles Clippers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Clippers were 42-39-1 against the spread last season
The Los Angeles Clippers were 44-37-0 against the over/under last year
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
10/18/18 G Russell Westbrook Knee is doubtful Friday vs LA Clippers
10/04/18 G Andre Roberson Knee is out indefinitely
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Dennis Schroder comes into this game after averaging 19.4 points per contest while playing 31.0 minutes per night last year. He grabbed 3.1 rebounds per contest and distributed 6.2 assists per game. His FG percentage was 44% while his free throw percentage was 85%. Paul George averaged 21.9 points per contest in 36.6 minutes per game last year. He averaged 3.3 assists per game and 5.7 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage was 43% for the season while his free throw percentage was 82%.
Tobias Harris scored 18.6 points per contest while playing 33.4 minutes per game last season. He hauled in 5.5 rebounds per contest and had 2.4 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage was 46% and his free throw percentage finished at 83%. Avery Bradley averaged 14.3 points per game last year and he saw the court an average of 31.2 minutes per game. He also brought in 2.5 rebounds per game and had 2.0 assists per contest. His field goal percentage was 41% and his free throw percentage was 77%.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City averaged 107.9 points per contest last year, which was 12th in the league. Their average scoring margin was 3.4 and their shooting percentage was 45% as a unit, which had them ranked 18th. From 3-point territory they shot 35%, which was good for 23rd in the NBA. They averaged 45.1 boards per contest and 21.3 assists per game, which ranked them 5th and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they were 18th with 14.0 per game. The Thunder allowed 104.4 points per contest, which was 10th in the NBA. They also surrendered a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 12th and 19th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents averaged 42.2 rebounds a game which ranked 5th, and they allowed 23.3 assists per game which put them in 14th place in the league. They forced 16.0 turnovers per game which ranked them 30th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles was 9th in the NBA with 109.0 points per contest last season. They were 9th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin was 0.04. They shot 35% from beyond the arc, which was good for 24th in the league. They were 15th in the NBA in rebounding with 43.9 boards per contest and 22nd in assists per game with 22.3. The Clippers were 12th in turnovers per contest with 14.7. The Clippers gave up 109.0 points per game, which ranked them 24th in the league. Their defense surrendered a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 13th and 9th in those defensive statistics. They ranked 24th with 24.6 dimes allowed per game and 18th with 43.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Clippers were 10th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.1 per contest last year.
The Thunder were 7th in the league in defensive rating with 107.2, and their offensive rating of 110.7 was ranked 9th. They were 17th in the NBA in pace with 96.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% was 18th. As a unit they were 21st in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 12th in the NBA. Oklahoma City was 22nd in turnovers, as they turned the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year was 53%, which was 14th in the NBA.
Los Angeles was 15th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turned the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 52%, which was 19th in the league. The Clippers were 8th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.3, and their defensive rating of 110.2 was ranked 20th. In terms of pace they were 7th in the league with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% was 10th. As a team they were 11th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shot 3-pointers on 31% of their shots, ranking 23rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Oklahoma City +1.5
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