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Clippers at Thunder: What bettors need to know

Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder (-4.5, 198.5)

The Los Angeles Clippers are the current owners of the longest winning streak in the Western Conference and have already built up a 2 1/2-game lead in the Pacific Division. The Clippers will put their six-game winning streak on the line on Wednesday, when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder have won seven of their last eight and have put up 229 points in back-to-back victories, placing them one spot above Los Angeles in scoring average.

The Clippers began their winning streak with a dominating 106-84 home win over the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 7 and knocked off three straight playoff teams from the East - including defending champion Miami - before becoming the rare team to win at San Antonio on Monday. That marked the beginning of a four-game swing that will take them to Brooklyn and Atlanta after Oklahoma City. The Thunder have done most of their damage against the bottom of the NBA, with only one of their eight victories coming against a 2011-12 playoff team.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, PRIME (Los Angeles), FSOK (Oklahoma City), ESPN

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (8-2, 8-2 ATS):
Los Angeles played eight of its first nine games at Staples Center but certainly appeared ready for the road on Monday, when Chris Paul knocked down a jumper to ice the game in the final minute. Paul is averaging 16.3 points and 10.0 assists and has been helped by a much-improved bench that has allowed the All-Star to be sharp at the end of games. Jamal Crawford is leading the team in scoring at 19.7 points off the bench and third-year guard Eric Bledsoe continues to play his way into greater minutes.

ABOUT THE THUNDER (8-3, 6-4-1 ATS): Oklahoma City ranks second in the NBA in scoring offense but has had trouble on the other end, allowing an average of 103.7 points over its last three games. One of those was a 107-97 home loss to Memphis on Nov. 14, during which the Thunder struggled to find a rhythm offensively. That problem has certainly been fixed. Kevin Durant recorded a triple-double in Sunday’s 119-109 win over Golden State while Russell Westbrook scored 30 points. Westbrook had shot 30 percent (9 of 30) in the two previous games before going 12-for-22 against the Warriors.

TRENDS:

* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Oklahoma City.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Clippers are 12-3 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Oklahoma City.
* Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
* Clippers are 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings.
* Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. Clippers F Caron Butler suffered a shoulder strain against the Spurs and will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.

2. Los Angeles took three of the four meetings last season, including a 100-98 victory in Oklahoma City on Apr. 11. Paul led the way with 31 points in that contest.

3. Westbrook is a career 33.8-percent shooter in 15 games against the Clippers.

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