Sparks will fly tonight as the Thunder (17-9, 10-3 home) host the Clippers (17-11, 8-8 away) at 9:00 p.m. EST at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
These two teams have faced one another two times this season, with the Clippers winning once. The last time they played on October 31st, 2018, Oklahoma City won 128-110 behind 32 points from Russell Westbrook.
The Thunder began as 6.0-point favorites for this match up, with an over/under total of 227. That’s a sizeable point spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of letting it all ride on the Thunder. Los Angeles is 15-13-0 against the spread this season and 17-11-0 over/under. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, is 15-11-0 ATS and 12-14-0 over/under.
Los Angeles enters the game ranked 20th in the league in defensive rating. They’re surrendering 113.6 points per contest and are limiting opposing teams to 45.0% from the field and 34.0% from deep. Offensively, they’re averaging 114.3 points and are 10th in rebounds and 24th in assists.
On the flip side, Oklahoma City ranks 19th in offensive rating. The Thunder are averaging 111.7 points per game on 42.0% shooting and are third in rebounds and 20th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 105.2 points per game and are 17th in field goals allowed and first in three-pointers allowed.
Both clubs have been busy lately. The Thunder are fresh off of a 118-114 loss vs the Pelicans in New Orleans in which they shot 13 for 43 from deep were out-rebounded 63-50.
The Clippers, meanwhile, are fresh off an 87-125 loss against the Spurs in San Antonio in which they dished out 21 dimes and came up with four steals. Tobias Harris torched the Spurs for 17 points.
All told, the Clippers have won five of their previous ten games and are fourth in the Western Conference, while the Thunder have dropped three of their last ten and are third in the Western Conference.