The Staples Center will be the site for Game 6 of the 2014 NBA playoffs between the OKC Thunder and the LA Clippers tonight. Opening tipoff is scheduled for 10:45 p.m. ET (9:45 p.m. CT/7:45 p.m. PT) from Los Angeles, Calif., and will be broadcast live on ESPN (national TV) and ESPN-GO (online live stream) following the conclusion of Game 6 between Indiana and Washington.
As reported by NBA.com on May 14, it’s going to be interesting to see if the (2-3) Clippers can fight off elimination following Game 5’s fourth-quarter collapse versus the (3-2) Thunder. With a 13-point lead and just over four minutes to play, the Pacific Division champs committed a number of unforced errors, including a pair of uncharacteristic turnovers by Chris Paul in the final 14 seconds.
In a May 15 report, Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated reveals how Clippers coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 for criticizing NBA officials and the replay system during his post-game press conference. The former NBA Coach of the Year was furious after referees ruled it was Thunder’s ball following a play in which Matt Barnes hacked Reggie Jackson with 11.3 left in the game clock.
“In my opinion let’s take away replay. Let’s take away the replay system,” Rivers insisted. “Because [if] that’s our ball we win the game, and we got robbed because of that call. And it’s clear – everybody in the arena saw it, that’s why everybody was shocked when they said Oklahoma City [ball].”
Despite being in a great position to advance to the Conference Finals for the second time in three years, a May 15 LA Times report rips head coach Scott Brooks for his team’s inability to perform at a higher level. To support his claim, Fred Katz points to OKC’s struggles versus Memphis as well as the fact that the four-time Northwest Division champs could easily be down 2-3 versus a Los Angeles squad that practically gave away Game 5.
How will it all play out when the Thunder and Clippers take to the hardwood for a pivotal Game 6 this evening? For what it’s worth, NBA playoffs point spreads posted at ESPN have the home team practically as (-4½) five-point favorites versus the away side (+4½).
In addition to the point spreads, tonight’s clash is expected to turn into a barnburner, as the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 213 points. Finally, straight-up betting lines have OKC as +175 underdogs while LA the projected -195 money-line winners.
ATS Action Before ESPN-GO’s Scheduled Live Stream
Thunder spread: 917 units (63 percent).
Clippers spread: 528 units (37 percent).
Over activity: 807 wagers (67 percent).
Under activity: 389 wagers (33 percent).
Betting Trends Before ESPN’s National TV Start Time
Thunder is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games.
Thunder is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
Thunder is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Clippers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games.
Clippers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
Thunder vs Clippers 2014 NBA Playoffs Key Game 6 Stats
OKC is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.
Underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.