LA Clippers resume winning stretch

LA Clippers resume winning stretch

The LA Clippers lock horns with the OKC Thunder with aims of winning down the stretch, before the elimination ends. These two teams are coming their respective wins, which gives them a boost of confidence in this game. Clippers are coming from a 117-102 win against the Trail Blazers. The Thunder on the other hand is coming from a 124-120 win against the Suns, a tough win for them. Both the Thunder and the Clippers are pushing for their spot in the playoffs, which is why this is a must-win game for them. Clippers will host this match on March 22, 2023, at 10:30 AM (GMT+8).

This will be the third meeting between these two teams in the regular season, the first day of their back-to-back game. From those previous two matches, it was the visitors who won those two matches. With that, the hosts are eager to bounce back in this game, in order to extend their winning run. The hosts are currently at the fifth in the West with 38 wins from their 72 matches. Additionally, 19 of those wins are coming at home, which is why they have the confidence to play here. The visitors on the other hand are at the ninth in the West, and continue fighting for their spot in the playoffs. They need more wins in order to stop dropping in the standings.

LA Clippers

NBA: LA Clippers
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The Clippers are coming from a 117-102 win against the Trail Blazers on their last match. This win marks their fifth win in their last six matches, a record they aim to extend in this match. Now that their stars are complete, the Clippers continues to climb up to the standings, which is why they are at the fifth now. In fact, the Clippers look like a completely different team right now, a threat to all teams. Additionally, they are now consistent when it comes to shooting, averaging 37.7% from deep. In the free-throw line, they are quite impressive, shooting 76.8%. In offense, they are at the 22nd with 112.8 points per game, and the 10th in defense, allowing 112.5 points per game.

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard remains to be the leaders for the Clippers with 23.9 and 23.8 points per game respectively. Unfortunately, Norman Powell, and Brandon Boston Jr. are both unavailable due to their injuries.

OKC Thunder

NBA: OKC Thunder
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Just like their opponent, Thunder is also coming from a win against the Suns in a 124-120 win. This win records the seventh win of the Thunder in their last nine matches, as they continue to surge towards the playoffs. On their previous match, the Suns actually had a 12-point lead at the end of the half. Fortunately the Thunder were able to cut that lead, and eventually take home a four-point victory at the end of the match. They are doing well in the three-point line with 36.1%. Meanwhile, their free-throw percentage have been phenomenal this season, as they shoot over 80.6% in that area. Moreover, they are the third in offense with 117.9 points per game, and the 20th in defense allowing 116.4 points per game.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the Thunder with 31.4 points per game. However, Kenrich Williams, and Chet Holmgren are both unavailable in this game due to their injuries.

Prediction:

LA Clippers
Total Under: 121.5
Odds: 0.80

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