Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 1/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+13.5)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (6-8) are headed to STAPLES Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Clippers (12-4). The line on this contest has Los Angeles as 13.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 221.5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder took the court against the Clippers and ended up losing by a score of 120-106 in their last game. Oklahoma City ended the contest with a 47.1% field goal percentage (41 of 87) and made 14 of their 42 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Thunder knocked down 10 of their 13 shots for a percentage of 76.9%. When talking about getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 29 with 4 of them being offensive. They also distributed 24 assists for the contest while having 8 steals and 2 blocks. In terms of the defense, Oklahoma City allowed 51.2% from the floor on 43 of 84 shooting. Los Angeles earned 21 dimes and had 8 steals for the game. Furthurmore, the Clippers snagged 48 rebounds (9 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 7 blocks. Los Angeles walked away from this one shooting 96.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 24 of their 25 attempts. They buried 10 of their 33 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a player who was a contributor in this contest. He ended up scoring 30 points on 11 of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:37 mins played and snagged 3 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander finished the game at 55.0% from the field and dished out 8 dimes. An additional guy that came through in the matchup for the Thunder was Luguentz Dort. He pulled down 3 boards and also had 2 dimes. He finished shooting 53.8% from the floor for this game by shooting 7-of-13 (19 points). When all was said and done, Dort was on the court for 31:55 min.
Oklahoma City enters this matchup with a record of 6-8 for the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.8 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 19.0 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Oklahoma City is pulling down 43.6 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 313 assists this season, which is 28th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Thunder are shooting 33.0% on three-point attempts (182 of 551) and 72.1% from the charity stripe. They average 105.6 pts per game (27th in basketball) while hitting 44.8% from the field. When they are on defense, the Thunder are able to force 12.8 turnovers per game while drawing 19.6 fouls. They surrender 35.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 22nd in basketball in points per game allowed (113.1). The Thunder defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.3% (179 of 275) and they surrender 49.9 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 12th in the NBA in giving up assists with 351 relinquished this year.
In their win over OKC, the Clippers earned 39 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 48 for this contest. They rejected 7 attempts while recording 8 steals for the game. The Thunder had 21 personal fouls for this contest which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They were able to knock down 24 of them for a percentage of 96.0%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, Los Angeles knocked down 10 out of their 33 attempts (30.3%). Overall, the Clippers shot 43 for 84 from the field which gave them a rate of 51.2%. The Clippers allowed the Thunder to bury 41 of their 87 tries from the floor which had them shooting 47.1% for the matchup. They shot 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 14 of 42 and finished the game at 10 of 13 at the free throw line (76.9%). When talking about rebounding, Los Angeles allowed Oklahoma City to collect 29 in total (4 on the offensive glass).
Kawhi Leonard pitched in for the Clippers for this game. He converted 10 of 21 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 47.6%, which earned him 31 points. Leonard pulled down 8 rebounds in his 37:08 minutes of time on the court and totaled 2 assists for this contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Los Angeles was Paul George. He totaled 29 points in his 34:42 mins on the hardwood by way of 10 out of 19 from the floor in the matchup. George wrapped this one up going 52.6% from the field as well as earning 5 dimes and 7 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 12-4 on the season. The Clippers commit 20.6 fouls every game and they shoot 84.5% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 24.9 times per game (14th in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.3 times per contest. Los Angeles has accounted for 1,843 pts on the campaign (115.2 per game) and they average 42.7 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Clippers are shooting 48.7% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in the league. The Clippers on the defensive side of the court are 6th in the NBA in points given up per game with 107.7. They are able to force 14.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (19th in the league). The Los Angeles defense gives up 36.6% on 3-point shots (206 of 563) and opponents are making 77.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 23.8 dimes and 39.6 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 10th and 1st in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-13.5)
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