As noted on a May 5 ESPN report, the second game on tonight’s 2014 NBA playoffs schedule features the LA Clippers and OKC Thunder in a series that could yield the next conference champion. Opening tipoff is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. ET (TV start time: 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT) on TNT Sports (National TV) and streaming free on TNTOvertime Live Stream page.
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Okla., will be rocking this evening hoping that the home team gets off to a good start in this best-of-seven series. It’s going to be interesting to see how much energy these teams will have in the opener after being pushed to the brink of elimination by their first-round opponents.
For the Los Angeles Clippers, needless to say that Doc Rivers did a tremendous job of damage control, as he was able to filter out all the noise and right the ship. As noted by ESPN’s Arash Markazi, the reigning Pacific Division champs have gone from being “the other” squad in LA to “America’s Team” during the 2014 NBA playoffs.
In the case of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kurt Helin of NBC Sports believes that the outcome of this series will be decided by three key components. First and foremost, the incredible showdown between Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook is certainly something to keep an eye on. Second, how much of an impact will Kevin Durant have in this series, and finally, the battle of the “bigs” between Blake Griffin and Serge Ibaka.
Who will win what is sure to be a very physical and entertaining Game 1 of this Western Conference semifinal series? If NBA oddsmakers are correct, the Thunder [-5½] will protect home-court and come away with a single-digit victory against the Clippers [+5½].
In addition, betting experts are also anticipating a high-scoring affair this evening, evidenced by the fact that the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 213 points. Finally, straight-up betting lines have O.K.C. as a -240 favorite, while L.A.’s odds of a Game 1 upset stand at +200.
Betting Action Before TV Schedule Start Time
Clippers spread: 1,023 units (54 percent).
Thunder spread: 881 units (46 percent).
OVER consensus: 1,110 units (70 percent).
UNDER consensus: 481 units (30 percent).
Trends Before TNT Overtime Live Stream Feed
Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games.
Clippers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record.
Thunder is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific.
Thunder is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.
Thunder is 10-4-2 ATS in their last 16 home games.
2014 NBA Playoffs Key Stats: Clippers-Thunder Game 1
OVER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Oklahoma City.
OVER is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
Los Angeles is 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Oklahoma City.
Los Angeles is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.