NBA Playoffs Odds – Clippers at Thunder, Game 5

A crucial game 5 will take place this Tuesday at 9:30 PM ET at the Chesapeake Energy Arena when the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Los Angeles Clippers, in the Western Conference semifinals.

clippers_thunder_game5A crucial game 5 will take place this Tuesday at 9:30 PM ET at the Chesapeake Energy Arena when the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Los Angeles Clippers, in the Western Conference semifinals.

The Clippers came from 16 points down in the fourth quarter of game four to win and put this series tied at 2-2.  Los Angeles’ idea was primarily to pressure Kevin Durant with almost three guys; the MVP still got 40 points but his team failed to deliver what would have been a lethal win.

“Little guys get up under you, but they’re not just going to play me one-on-one,” Durant said. “Basically, they’ve got three guys watching me. They’ve got one behind me, so when I caught it, they double-teamed as soon as I caught it. And when they didn’t double team, I scored. People always have something to say about the 1-on-1 matchup, which never happens in this league, especially with me.”

Los Angeles already won at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in this series; it was in game 5 with a tremendous performance by Chris Paul.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to start that game (Game 5) off 0-0,” Paul said. “We’re going into their place. I think we’ve got to bring that same energy and mindset — not the one we started off with — but just understanding that sometimes, you’ve just got to impose your will. Just play hard.”

The NBA odds for this game have the Thunder as -5 point favorite, and the game total is at 213.

Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.