NBA Betting Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, left, grabs a rebound against Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo during the second half of an NBA basketball game  Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif.  The Thunder won 131-116. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder (43-20) have dropped six of nine since the All-Star break and will try to win consecutive games for the first time since February 11 when they host the Los Angeles Clippers (41-21) Wednesday.

The Thunder are consensus 5.5-point home favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark and blew a 22-point lead against the Clippers a week ago in a 103-98 loss as 1.5-point road favorites.

To say Oklahoma City has had trouble holding leads lately is a major understatement. The Thunder also led Los Angeles by 16 points with eight minutes remaining and were up by nine in the third quarter in the following game versus the Golden State Warriors before falling 121-106 as 7.5-point road underdogs last Thursday.

Even their 104-96 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks as eight-point road chalk Sunday saw them lead by 21 points in the third quarter and then by only five entering the fourth.

Meanwhile, the Clippers have won two of the past three meetings with Oklahoma City, covering the spread in all of them, including a 120-108 victory as 6.5-point road dogs last March 11.

They have also won four of their last five overall and are coming off a 109-90 rout of the Dallas Mavericks as 5.5-point road favorites Monday. Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul fueled the team’s comeback from a 52-50 halftime deficit by scoring 18 of his game-high 27 points in the third quarter as Dallas was outscored 33-16.

Los Angeles wraps up a brief two-game road trip by visiting the Thunder and has gone 20-10 straight up and 16-12-2 against the spread away from home this season, according to the Odds Shark NBA Database.

But the Clippers have played only two road games since February 10, winning both SU and ATS by a combined 29 points.

The under is 3-1 in Los Angeles' last four games overall and 10-3 in the team’s previous 13. Oklahoma City has also seen the under cash in each of its last three games following a four-game over run.

In addition, the under has cashed in the past two meetings with the Clippers, along with six of the past eight.