NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder vs LA Clippers Prediction And Match Preview
When the Los Angeles Clippers face the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on Monday, they hope to end their losing run. The Clippers are 1-4 so far and have had a tough start to the season, while the Thunder are still rebuilding and have a bad record.
Fixture – Oklahoma City Thunder vs LA Clippers | NBA Season 2021-22.
Date & Time – Monday, November 1st, 2021; 10:30 PM ET (Tuesday, November 2nd; 8:00 AM IST).
Venue – Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
The Oklahoma City Thunder, with an average age of 23.5, is the NBA’s youngest club, having gone 1-6 in the 2021-22 season. The organization is in the midst of its rebuilding process, and another lottery pick in the 2022 NBA Draft is just what the front staff needs.
Their lone win came against the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James when they rallied from a 26-point hole to win the game down the stretch. Six players scored in double figures, as the club held off a combined 50-point performance from Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis.
With 10.0, 10.7, and 11.7 points per game, Darius Bazley, Josh Giddey, and Luguentz Dort have all been in double figures. Josh Giddey, an Australian rookie, leads the Oklahoma City Thunder in assists (5.6) and steals (1.4) per game.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s last 3 games:
27 PTS – 9 REB – 5 AST
30 PTS – 1 REB – 4 AST
29 PTS – 6 REB – 8 AST
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Oklahoma City Thunder Predicted Lineup
G – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | G – Josh Giddey | F – Luguentz Dort | F – Darius Bazley | C – Derrick Favors.
LA Clippers Preview
The Los Angeles Clippers have not had the best start to the season. They have a 1-4 record through five games, which is the third-worst in the NBA, and Kawhi Leonard’s absence has harmed them greatly. Paul George is doing everything he can to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to success, but his teammates are too injured to compete with playoff contenders.
The Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Cleveland Cavaliers have all defeated them. The Clippers have a good defense, but their offensive rating is 26th in the NBA (101.5). Since Serge Ibaka’s injury last season, Ivica Zubac has done a fantastic job filling in for him.
Marcus Morris, Keon Johnson, and Jason Preston, in addition to Leonard and Ibaka, have all been ruled out of the game.
It’s possible that Kawhi Leonard will return in time for the postseason, putting the LA Clippers back in contention for a championship. Leonard’s comeback, however, will be meaningless if the Clippers aren’t even in playoff contention.
LA Clippers Predicted Lineup
G – Reggie Jackson | G – Eric Bledsoe | F – Paul George | F – Nicolas Batum | C – Ivica Zubac.
Match Prediction: Thunder vs. Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers are desperate for a win after two losses in a row, so they’ll likely go all out against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. The latter is one of the league’s poorest teams, therefore the LA Clippers should have a good chance of winning their second game of the season. Furthermore, the game will be played in Staples Center, giving the Clippers an advantage over the Thunder’s young roster.