NBA Odds: Clippers Hope to Contain Red-Hot Thunder

In just a few days, the Los Angeles Clippers (46-27 SU, 34-36-3 ATS) will have Blake Griffin back in the lineup. But they’ll be without him this Thursday when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (52-23 SU, 33-41-1 ATS), winners of eight of their last nine games at 6-3 ATS. Tip-off is at 9:30 PM ET on TNT.

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This will be the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between these two Western foes. Oklahoma City has the 2-1 advantage straight up, although Los Angeles is 2-1 ATS in this series. They split a pair of games home and away earlier this month with Griffin (23.2 PER) on the sidelines. He’ll be joined Thursday by Paul Pierce (8.0 PER), who’s out for an undetermined length of time with a right knee contusion.

The Thunder have one of the weaker benches among the NBA’s second-tier title contenders, but they also have two of the league’s best players in Russell Westbrook (27.8 PER) and Kevin Durant (28.2 PER). Westbrook has seven triple-doubles in March alone, and he hasn’t had to jack up as many questionable shots this year to get the job done, now that Durant is healthy and by his side.

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