NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 22, 2013

NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers

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    Chris Paul was held to a season-low four points last time out, which is important to consider when making your NBA against-the-spread picks Tuesday night, as the Los Angeles Clippers (32-10) prepare to host the Oklahoma City Thunder (32-9) at Staples Center.   

    Sports bettors will find that the Clippers are one-point home underdogs in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total has fallen by a half point to settle in at 200.5.

    Paul is trying to move past a knee injury that caused him to miss some time recently, but the Clippers may be able to win this game without him at 100 percent due to their bench.

    Let's take a closer look at this high-profile affair between Western Conference rivals from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction along the way.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to bounce back from a 121-118 overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets as one-point road favorites last time out, which is certainly a possibility with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combining to average 52.5 points per game this season.

    Sports bettors will also find that the Thunder are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games following a setback.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    The Los Angeles Clippers were unable to hold onto a seven-point lead Monday—dropping a 106-99 decision to the Golden State Warriors as 4.5-point road favorites.

    Sports bettors will find that the Clippers have compiled a money-making 10-4 against-the-spread record in their last 14 games at home.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Los Angeles Clippers as one of their pro basketball picks Tuesday night, as the underdog is 10-4 against the spread in the last 14 meetings in this series.

    NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers +1

     

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