Through 2 Quarters
Although the Oklahoma City Thunder came into the contest as underdogs, they’re on track to steal the victory from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder currently hold a 46-42 lead.
Power forward Aleksej Pokusevski has led the way so far for Oklahoma City, as he has nine points along with five boards. Pokusevski is close to surpassing his season high of ten.
Los Angeles has enjoyed the tag-team combination of power forward Nicolas Batum and small forward Terance Mann. The former has eight points in addition to four rebounds and two steals, while the latter has ten points in addition to four boards.
OKC’s lead doesn’t mean much since they have only won 0% games in which they are up at the end of the second quarter. We’ll see how things play out.
Oklahoma City @ Los Angeles
Current Records: Oklahoma City 1-5; Los Angeles 1-4
What to Know
The Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday at Staples Center after having had a few days off. Neither of these teams found much success offensively their last time out, scoring well below their season averages.
Los Angeles received a tough blow this past Friday as they fell 111-92 to the Portland Trail Blazers. One thing holding the Clippers back was the mediocre play of point guard Reggie Jackson, who did not have his best game: he finished with only eight points on 3-for-12 shooting in his 33 minutes on the court.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City was expected to have a tough go of it this past Saturday, and, well, they did. They ended up on the wrong side of a painful 103-82 walloping at the Golden State Warriors’ hands. OKC was down 82-58 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Shooting guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (15 points) and shooting guard Luguentz Dort (14 points) were the top scorers for OKC.
Los Angeles is the favorite in this one, with an expected 12.5-point margin of victory. Now might not be the best time to take Los Angeles against the spread since they’ve let down bettors for the past two consecutive games.
Los Angeles is now 1-4 while OKC sits at 1-5. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Clippers are stumbling into the game with the fifth most fouls per game in the league, having accrued 21.4 on average. To make matters even worse for Los Angeles, OKC comes into the contest boasting the fewest fouls per game in the league at 15.8. Keep an eye on whether or not foul trouble puts Los Angeles in a difficult position.
How To Watch
When: Monday at 10:30 p.m. ETWhere: Staples Center — Los Angeles, CaliforniaTV: Bally Sports OklahomaOnline streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)Follow: CBS Sports AppTicket Cost: $6.00
The Clippers are a big 12.5-point favorite against the Thunder, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Clippers, as the game opened with the Clippers as an 11-point favorite.
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Oklahoma City have won 12 out of their last 22 games against Los Angeles.
May 16, 2021 – Oklahoma City 117 vs. Los Angeles 112Jan 24, 2021 – Los Angeles 108 vs. Oklahoma City 100Jan 22, 2021 – Los Angeles 120 vs. Oklahoma City 106Aug 14, 2020 – Los Angeles 107 vs. Oklahoma City 103Mar 03, 2020 – Los Angeles 109 vs. Oklahoma City 94Dec 22, 2019 – Oklahoma City 118 vs. Los Angeles 112Nov 18, 2019 – Los Angeles 90 vs. Oklahoma City 88Mar 08, 2019 – Los Angeles 118 vs. Oklahoma City 110Dec 15, 2018 – Oklahoma City 110 vs. Los Angeles 104Oct 30, 2018 – Oklahoma City 128 vs. Los Angeles 110Oct 19, 2018 – Los Angeles 108 vs. Oklahoma City 92Mar 16, 2018 – Oklahoma City 121 vs. Los Angeles 113Jan 04, 2018 – Oklahoma City 127 vs. Los Angeles 117Nov 10, 2017 – Oklahoma City 120 vs. Los Angeles 111Jan 16, 2017 – Los Angeles 120 vs. Oklahoma City 98Dec 31, 2016 – Oklahoma City 114 vs. Los Angeles 88Nov 11, 2016 – Los Angeles 110 vs. Oklahoma City 108Nov 02, 2016 – Oklahoma City 85 vs. Los Angeles 83Mar 31, 2016 – Oklahoma City 119 vs. Los Angeles 117Mar 09, 2016 – Oklahoma City 120 vs. Los Angeles 108Mar 02, 2016 – Los Angeles 103 vs. Oklahoma City 98Dec 21, 2015 – Oklahoma City 100 vs. Los Angeles 99
Injury Report for Los Angeles
Serge Ibaka: Out (Back)Marcus Morris: Out (Knee)Jason Preston: Out (Foot)Kawhi Leonard: Out (Knee)
Injury Report for Oklahoma City
Gabriel Deck: Game-Time Decision (Heel)Luguentz Dort: Out (Shoulder)