[8:00 PM] Clippers @ Thunder

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Clippers (7-1)

@ Oklahoma City Thunder (6-2)


Current odds:

Los Angeles Clippers: (-190)

Oklahoma City Thunder: (+171)


ESPN simulations have Oklahoma City as 61.7% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Los Angeles to win as (-190) favorites.

The Los Angeles Clippers are playing like the best team in the NBA and they have the record to prove it as they enter Friday’s contest against the host Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers are off to a franchise-best 7-1 start behind suffocating defense but that lone defeat was to the Thunder, 85-83 in Los Angeles on Nov. 2. The Clippers lead the NBA in scoring defense at 88.3 points per game and they crushed the Portland Trail Blazers 111-80 on Wednesday.

Oklahoma City could’ve been tied with the Clippers for the best record but it suffered a 112-102 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook hit the game-winning shot with 18.7 seconds remaining in the recent win over the Clippers while scoring 35 points.

Los Angeles allowed an average of 84.7 points while winning the past three games by an average of 29 points, and the players are taking great pride in the performances. Griffin has been playing superbly and has six double-doubles after producing 22 points and 13 rebounds in the rout of Portland.

Westbrook continues to carry the squad but is just 14-of-42 from the field – including 4-of-18 from 3-point range – over the past two contests. His 36-point outing against Toronto was his fifth 30-point effort of the campaign, and he is second in the NBA in scoring at 31.1 points and third in assists (9.5). Shooting guard Victor Oladipo is averaging 16 points and settling in as the team’s second scoring option, and he knocked down a season-high five 3-pointers against the Raptors.

The Thunder won three straight meetings and four of the past five.


StreakSmarts Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick