NBA TV has an outstanding late night matchup from pro basketball as the red hot Oklahoma City Thunder invades Staple Center to face Chris Paul and the LA Clippers.
The Thunder and Clippers will begin from Los Angeles as 10:30PM Eastern Time.
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The current odds at Oddsmaker has the road team Oklahoma City favored by -2 ½ points with an over under of 198 ½ points.
A money line wager on the Thunder will return you -130 odds.
If you think the Clippers can beat the Thunder you money line return is +110 odds.
These two Western conference teams will battle for the first time this season.
The Thunder is the more rested team having disposed of the Golden St Warriors on Friday night 120-109 as a -4 ½ point road favorite.
The Clippers were in a tough battle playing in altitude last night at Denver where they came away with the come from behind 109-105 win as a +5 ½ point road underdog.
The Thunder creates a match up problem for the Clippers as Kevin Durant is a very good outside shooter who hits threes.
LA is amongst the worst in the NBA in defending the three as opponents hit on a 37.5% mark against them. Guards Mo Williams and Chris Paul lack size and length so opposing guards can get their shot over them.
This will force a big man to move out from the paint to guard Durant which leaves the basket open for Russell Westbrook to penetrate.
The Clippers are thin down low and if they get in foul trouble specifically with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan they could in for a long night.
The question for the Clippers is can the 35 year old veteran Chauncey Billups deliver offense in a back to back after playing the previous night in high altitude.
He scored 32 points and made 6 of 12 from beyond the arc on Sunday.
One of the biggest advantages for the Thunder here is the point difference that should be in their favor at the free throw line.
The Clippers are the 29th worst NBA team at the line hitting just 66.2% of their free throws. Oklahoma City is the league’s best free throw shooting team making 80.9% season to date.