Los Angeles Clippers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 5/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena is the venue where and the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-50) will play the Los Angeles Clippers (47-24) on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Clippers faced off with the Houston Rockets and went home with a loss by a final score of 122-115 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended having earned a 48.4% field goal percentage (45 of 93) and made 11 of their 35 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Clippers knocked down 14 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 93.3%. In terms of grabbing boards, they earned 35 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 29 dimes in the game while forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When talking about defending, Los Angeles allowed 53.5% from the field on 46 of 86 shooting. Houston dished out 30 assists and had 4 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Houston collected 41 rebounds (8 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Houston walked away from this one shooting 72.7% from the charity stripe by making 16 of their 22 attempts. They also converted 14 out of their 37 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Luke Kennard is one guy who came through for the contest. He notched 23 points on 9 out of 19 shooting. He played for 40:39 mins but didn't pull down any rebounds. Kennard finished 47.4% from the floor and recorded 1 assist. Another guy that was a factor in this game for the Clippers was Rajon Rondo. He pulled down 3 rebounds in 28:29 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up going 36.4% from the field for this contest by going 4-of-11 (9 points). When this game wrapped up, Rondo collected 13 assists.
Los Angeles steps onto the hardwood with a record of 47-24 this year. They are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per game and as a team are committing 19.3 fouls per game. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling down 44.2 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,739 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 15th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Clippers are connecting on 41.4% on 3-pointers (1,017 of 2,455) and 84.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 114.0 points per game (10th in the league) while hitting 48.3% from the field. On defense, the Clippers have forced 12.8 turnovers per game while drawing 18.2 personal fouls. They are ranked 4th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,630 surrendered for the campaign. The Clippers are giving up a FG percentage of 46.3% (910 of 1,292) and they concede 41.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 35.6% on three-point shots and they are 4th in the league in points per game allowed (107.7).
For their last game, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a loss by a final score of 109-93 against the Utah Jazz. The Thunder were able to corral 35 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 45 in this contest. They also gave up possession 15 times, while getting 6 steals in this contest. The Jazz were called for 17 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Thunder to the charity stripe for 16 shots. They were able to convert 15 of those for a rate of 93.8%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Oklahoma City knocked down 6 of 19 tries (31.6%). When this game wrapped up, the Thunder went 36 for 84 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.9%. The Thunder allowed the Jazz to make 40 of 93 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 43.0% in this game. They shot 33.3% from downtown by going 13 of 39 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 21 from the free throw line (76.2%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Oklahoma City permitted Utah to pull down 53 in all (17 on the offensive side).
Theo Maledon was important for the Thunder in this contest. He converted 7 of 16 for the game for a rate of 43.8%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Maledon totaled 18 points in his 31:52 mins on the court and had 3 dimes in the matchup. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Oklahoma City was Aleksej Pokusevski. He accumulated 1 assist in 31:29 mins on the court, and he knocked down 3 of 10 from the floor. Pokusevski ended up shooting 30.0% from the floor and also notching 6 points and 9 boards.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 21-50 for the season. The Thunder commit 18.2 personal fouls every game and they hit 72.6% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 22.1 times per contest (27th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 16.2 times per contest. Oklahoma City has accounted for 7,443 pts this year (104.8 per game) and they collect 45.5 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Thunder are shooting 44.0% from the floor, which is 29th in basketball. The Thunder on defense are ranked 26th in basketball in points given up per game with 115.7. They have given up 25.9 dimes and 47.2 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 26th and 26th in the league. The Oklahoma City defense gives up 36.6% from downtown (968 of 2,645) and their opponents are converting on 77.3% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 13.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.4% from the field (25th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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