Updated January 16, 2024By Dean Etheridge
The LA Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder go head-to-head in a Western Conference showdown at the Crypto.com Arena. These are currently two of the most in-form franchises in the NBA, and it promises to be a classic when they clash on Tuesday night. Here, we look ahead to the match in our NBA betting picks, bringing you the latest match odds and telling you the best bets to place.
What; 2023/24 NBA Western Conference
Who; LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Where; Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California
When; Tuesday January 16th, 2024
Tip-Off; 10 p.m. ET
Both franchises have been in good form post-Christmas, with both sitting pretty in the Western Conference. In the latest betting to make the playoffs, the Clippers are -3000 for yes, and the Thunder are -2500.
After two successive road trips, this will be the first of three home fixtures for the Clippers. As for the Thunder, this is the second of a four-match road trip, the first being last night’s 112-105 defeat to the LA Lakers.
Betting to win the NBA Eastern Conference
Interestingly, the current Conference leaders, the Minnesota Timberwolves, don’t lead the betting to win the 2024 Western Conference. It’s the defending NBA Championship winners, the Denver Nuggets who are the front runners at +200. Behind the Nuggets are the LA Clippers at +425, with the Phoenix Suns third at +650.
The Suns aren’t too far clear of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who sit fourth in the betting on odds of +700. The Timberwolves are +750, with the Lakers at +1200.
Betting to win the 2023/24 NBA Championship
Moving onto the latest betting to win the NBA Championship, it’s still the Boston Celtics leading the way with the best NBA finals betting sites. The Celtics are +300, having been +275 this time last week.
The Denver Nuggets are second in the betting at +450, with the Milwaukee Bucks third at +500. The LA Clippers are +900, the same odds as they were last week. Behind LA are the 76ers and the Suns, both on +1200.
Clippers vs. Thunder Match Betting
This will be the Thunder’s second match at the Crypto.com Arena in successive nights. Last night against the Lakers, the Thunder went into the match as the slight underdogs at -103 (the Lakers were -117). The Thunder gave away just 1 point on the handicap.
For tonight’s match, Oklahoma is again underdogs. But this time at far longer odds. The best NBA betting sites have the Thunder at +175 to beat the Clippers, who are -210.
On the handicap spread, the Thunder are getting a 5.5-point start. To win with the start, Oklahoma is -110. To win and cover the spread, the Clippers are -110.
On the total points spread, 236 is the line set by the best NBA betting sites. Both over and under 236 is -110. Below are more options from different sportsbooks on our NBA betting table. You can read more about the bookmakers we have used on our online sportsbook reviews page.
Clippers vs. Thunder; Latest Form
The LA Clippers are 8-2 in their last ten matches. Last week, the Lakers snapped a five-match winning streak, defeating the Clippers 106-103 in a closely fought battle at the Crypto.com Arena.
The Clippers bounced back, going on a three-match winning streak, only ended by another hard-fought battle, this time a 109-105 defeat at the Target Center to the table-topping Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
Losing to your local rivals and away to the best-performing team in the Conference is no bad thing. The Clippers have had an outstanding season to date, and can almost forget about those two defeats. Included in their eight wins of late are home victories over the Heat (121-104) and the Suns (138-111), while on the road, the Clippers have recorded impressive wins over the Suns (131-122) and the Pelicans (111-95).
As for the Oklahoma City Thunder, they are 7-3 in their last ten matches with an overall 27-12 record. They lost 112-105 to the LA Clippers last night, a defeat that saw a four-match winning streak snapped. A win would have seen the Thunder go level with the Timberwolves at the top of the Western Conference.
Anthony Davis (27 points) and LeBron James (25 points) were on song for the Lakers. They outgunned Jalen Williams (25 points) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (24 points) to condemn the Thunder to their first defeat since they lost to the Nets on the first weekend of the new year.
Our Clippers vs. Thunder Betting Picks
At the Crypto.com Arena, the Clippers have a 16-4 record. On the road, the Thunder has an 11-7 record, giving them a win percentage of .610 – the highest in the Western Conference.
Does a good record on the road mean the Thunder will beat the Clippers though? We don’t believe so. There were also injury doubts surrounding Shai Gilgeous-Alexander heading into the Lakers’ match. The Canadian played last night, but how’s he going to back that up with his second match in 24 hours?
The Thunder dominated the last match between the two franchises, winning 134-115 at the Paycom Center in the lead-up to Christmas. The venues have switched now. And along with the hosts looking for revenge, we are going for the Clippers to win and cover the spread for our betting pick.
LA Clippers (-5.5)To beat the Oklahoma City Thunder
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