For the first time in six seasons, the Los Angeles Clippers have a clear shot of making the playoffs; they will face the Oklahoma City Thunder this Monday at the STAPLES Center in a crucial match for both.
The Clips (37-23) have won 11 of 13, including a 100-98 victory at Oklahoma City last Wednesday. “It’s all about locking up a playoff spot. You got to get in,” star point guard Chris Paul said. “Anything can happen when you get to the playoffs. The sky’s the limit. When we play the way we’re capable of playing, we’ve already beaten some of the best teams in the league”.
CP3 had a sensational shot with eight seconds remaining in their last meeting against OKC. “We would love to win the division,” Paul said. “In order to do that, we would need to win out.”
In order to get the W, Blake Griffin and Caron Butler need to go over 20 points each, plus a big factor will be competing against Kendrick Perking for the rebounds.
“We want to win as much games as we can going down to the stretch of the season,” Kevin Durant said. “Hopefully we get (the No. 1 seed). If not, we’ve just got to keep playing. We can’t worry about that. We’ve just got to worry about how we can get better every single game.”
The betting trends say Oklahoma City is 13-2 ATS away playing with same-season revenge, and the LA Clippers are 4-15 ATS after scoring 110+ points.
Oddsmakers have the Thunder listed as 3-point favorites versus in Los Angeles, and the game’s total is at 198.