LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (8-2)
at OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (8-3)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 7:35 p.m. ET
Line: Oklahoma City -4, Total: 198.5
The Clippers head to Oklahoma City for a matchup between two of the elite teams the Western Conference has to offer.
The Thunder are coming off a 10-point home victory over the Warriors on Sunday, marking their seventh win in the past eight games. But the Clippers had the far more impressive recent win, knocking off the Spurs Monday on the road, 92-87, marking their sixth straight victory (SU and ATS).
Who will win this Western Conference showdown? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. This season, the experts are a collective 60-56-8 ATS (52%) in NBA Best Bets. StatFox Scott is 11-5 ATS (69%) Best Bets in his past 10 days, putting him at 58% ATS (15-11) Best Bets for the season. StatFox Gary is at 57% ATS (8-6-2) Best Bets for the year, while StatFox Brian is 53% ATS (17-15-3) for the season. For NBA Totals, StatFox Scott is 11-2 in the past 10 days, boosting his incredible season mark to 24-7 (77%) on NBA Totals.
The Clippers have had a lot of players step up this season and might need some more of that as Caron Butler is questionable for the game with a bothersome shoulder. So far this season, DeAndre Jordan has really come on strong for Los Angeles. Jordan is a force defensively and is averaging 2.4 blocks per game. Jamal Crawford is also a huge factor for the Clippers as he is averaging 19.7 PPG on 50% FG. Crawford has been unguardable and his resurgence as one of the top sixth men in the NBA has certainly made this team tougher to plan for besides just Paul and Griffin.
Oklahoma City has completely bounced back since its 1-2 start to the season. The Thunder's resurgence has a lot to do with Russell Westbrook, who is averaging 23.4 PPG and 9.2 APG over the past five games. Kevin Durant recorded his first triple-double (25 pts, 13 reb, 10 ast) in the win over Golden State on Sunday, and he too is looking as good as ever with his new-found versatility. His passing and rebounding improvements are helping make Thunder fans not miss James Harden so much, especially with the addition of Kevin Martin. The team's new shooting guard has been magnificent this season, averaging 17.6 PPG on 49% FG and 54% from three-point land.