Los Angeles Clippers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 12/18/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports OK
The Oklahoma City Thunder (8-19) will try to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers (16-13) at Paycom Center on Saturday.
The Clippers faced off with the Jazz and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 124-103 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended the contest having earned a 47.1% field goal percentage (40 of 85) and converted 10 out of their 30 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Clippers converted 13 of 20 shots for a rate of 65.0%. When it comes to getting rebounds, they earned 42 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 24 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 4 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In terms of defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 52.8% from the field on 47 out of 89 shooting. Utah recorded 44 assists and had 26 steals in this matchup. In addition, Utah pulled down 36 rebounds (8 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Utah finished shooting 75.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 15 of 20 attempts. They also buried 15 of their 37 attempts from distance. In regard to fouls, the Clippers left the arena with 22 while the Jazz racked up 9 fouls.
Eric Bledsoe is a guy who was a contributor in the game. He was able to score 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 31 mins played and pulled down 5 rebounds. Bledsoe ended up going 80.0% from the field and also dished out 8 dimes.
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Los Angeles will play this contest with a record of 16-13 this season. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.2 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Los Angeles is collecting 44.1 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 666 assists so far this year, which is 17th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Clippers are hitting 36.0% on shots from 3-point land (372 of 1,032) and 78.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 106.1 points per game (20th in the NBA) while hitting 45.1% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Clippers are forcing 15.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.2 personal fouls. They are 9th in the NBA in giving up assists with 647 surrendered so far this year. The Clippers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.2% (1,149 of 2,601) and they surrender 46.3 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are surrendering 33.7% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 7th in basketball in PPG allowed (104.9).
The last time they took the court, the Thunder took a loss by a score of 113-110 when they faced the Pelicans. The Thunder were able to collect 34 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 42 for the matchup. They coughed it up 8 times, while getting 8 steals for this contest. The Pelicans were called for 11 fouls for the matchup which got the Thunder to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They were able to bury 19 of the free throws for a rate of 100.0%. In relation to 3-point attempts, Oklahoma City converted 13 of 35 tries (37.1%). In all, the Thunder went 39 out of 93 from the floor which had them at 41.9%. The Thunder permitted the Pelicans to bury 39 out of their 80 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 48.8% for this contest. They went 39.3% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 11 of 28 and ended up going 24 out of 36 at the charity stripe (66.7%). In relation to team rebounding, Oklahoma City allowed New Orleans to collect 39 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Josh Giddey ended up having an impact for the Thunder in the matchup. He buried 8 of 18 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 44.4%, and accumulated 9 rebounds. Giddey tallied 17 points in his 37 mins of playing time and had 7 dimes for the game.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 8-19 this season. As an offense, the Thunder are shooting 41.1% from the floor, which is 29th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has accumulated 2,672 points so far this year (99.0 per game) and they pull in 45.4 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 20.2 times per contest (30th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 13.9 times per game. The Thunder have committed 17.5 fouls per contest and they go 75.3% from the charity stripe.
The Oklahoma City defense surrenders 36.5% on shots from 3-point land (385 of 1,055) and their opposition makes 78.7% of their foul shots. They have given up 24.8 dimes and 48.4 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 22nd and 30th in the NBA. The Thunder defensively are ranked 18th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 108.3. They are forcing their opponents into 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 44.8% from the field (12th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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