A hearty congratulations to the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they snapped a 14-game losing streak last night with a win in Boston. The victory was Oklahoma City’s 21st on the season and they are now just two wins away from surpassing their win total. Two wins might not seem like much, but when a team is 1-14 through a stretch of 15 games doubt begins to creep into the mind just a bit.
According to Tankathon, the Thunder have the eighth-hardest remaining schedule in the league but there are opportunities over the final 10 games of the season. They face Sacramento three times, the Pacers and the Pelicans before the end of the campaign. Could they actually pull this off, or will over bettors get burned by one of the worst beats on a win total that I can remember?
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The Main Event
Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns (-3, 224.5)
How can this game not be our main event today? Sure, Kawhi Leonard is out, but just one game separates these two teams in the Western Conference and the value of having the second seed is immense when you realize you likely get to avoid the Los Angeles Lakers until the Western Conference Finals. The stakes are some of the highest you will see in a regular-season setting and the game itself should be fantastic.
Los Angeles comes in off of a blowout loss to New Orleans on Monday, but there should be some confidence considering the success they have had in the regular-season series against Phoenix. The Clippers are 2-0 SU and ATS against the Suns with a + 8.2 net rating. They have gouged Phoenix’s perimeter defense, going 35-of-66 from deep in their two wins while averaging a staggering 1.23 points per possession. Now, Leonard was on the floor for both wins, so his absence is a massive factor in this contest, but the Suns have not exactly had an answer for Paul George. George has totaled 72 points on 27-of-45 shooting from the floor in the Clippers’ victories, and it was made known in their game three weeks ago how personally he is taking this rivalry. He tweaked his ankle on Monday, but should be on the floor tonight.