The Oklahoma City Thunder are 8-1 straight up and 6-3 against the spread over their last nine games after having their eight-game winning streak snapped with a loss on Tuesday night. The Thunder will try to start up a new win streak at home against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
Oklahoma City is an 8.5-point betting favorite in this matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last four games at home, the Thunder are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS.
The Thunder finally had an off-night on Tuesday, losing to the Detroit Pistons 88-82 on the road as a 1.5-point underdog. Over the team's previous eight games, the Thunder were 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS, averaging 117.3 points per game over that stretch and never scoring fewer than 111 points.
Russell Westbrook had five triple-doubles over those eight wins, bringing his season total to 16. Oklahoma City is 16-0 SU and 10-4-2 ATS in those 16 games.
In 18 home games since Jan. 6, Oklahoma City is 14-4 SU and 11-5-2 ATS per the OddsShark NBA Database.
The Los Angeles Clippers seem to be picking up some momentum as the playoffs approach, wrapping up a three-game homestand on Monday night with a 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS record before heading on the road to take on Minnesota on Wednesday night and the Thunder on Thursday.
Before the three-game win streak, the Clippers were 2-6 SU and 1-7 ATS in their previous eight games with five double-digit defeats. One of those losses was a 120-108 loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City the last time these two teams played.
Thursday's total is set at 216 points. The UNDER is 6-3 in the last nine games between the Thunder and the Clippers.
Many believe that the Western Conference boils down to a two-horse race between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, but the Clippers and Thunder are hoping to break that up with deep playoff runs of their own.
With the Thunder seemingly having solved their fourth-quarter woes from the first half of the season, and the Clippers getting Blake Griffin back on April 3, these two contenders could be poised to make a splash this postseason.