2024 NBA picks, Jan. 16 best bets by proven model


2024 NBA picks, Jan. 16 best bets by proven model

The Oklahoma City Thunder (27-12) and the Los Angeles Clippers (25-14) square off in a conference duel on Tuesday night. These are two of the top 10 scoring offenses in the NBA. The Thunder are currently sitting in the third spot (122.1 points per game), while Los Angeles is in ninth place (117.4 PPG). This is the second matchup of the season between these clubs, with OKC both winning and covering the first time around. Ivica Zubac (calf) is out for the Clippers.

Tipoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The Clippers are 6-point favorites in the latest Thunder vs. Clippers odds via SportsLine consensus. The over/under for total points is 237.5. Before making any Clippers vs. Thunder picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 13 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 42-23 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning nearly $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Thunder vs. Clippers and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Clippers vs. Thunder:

Thunder vs. Clippers spread: Clippers -6
Thunder vs. Clippers over/under: 237.5 points
Thunder vs. Clippers money line: Clippers -244, Thunder +198
OKC: 26-12 ATS this season
LAC: 20-19 ATS this season
Thunder vs. Clippers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Thunder can cover
Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is having an MVP-caliber campaign. Gilgeous-Alexander uses his length to glide to the rim and shoot right over the outstretched arms of defenders. The Kentucky product also owns an excellent mid-range jumper with the court vision to find open teammates. He’s third in the NBA in scoring (31.3) with 5.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists. On Jan. 13 versus the Magic, Gilgeous-Alexander totaled 37 points, six boards and seven assists.

Forward Chet Holmgren (7-foot-1) has the length to be an effective shot-blocker and owns a soft touch around the rim. Holmgren is putting up 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. On Jan. 10 against the Heat, he racked up 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. See which team to pick here.

Why the Clippers can cover
Forward Kawhi Leonard is having a superb campaign for Los Angeles. Leonard is almost automatic from mid-range and does a great job drawing contact at the rim. The five-time All-Star averages a team-high 24 points with 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. In his last outing, Leonard supplied 26 points, nine boards and four assists.

Forward Paul George generates offense from all three levels. George’s offensive arsenal is so smooth due to his jumper and relentlessness in attacking the paint. The eight-time All-Star averages 23.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists. On Jan. 12 against the Grizzlies, George notched 37 points, three boards and went 7-of-10 from downtown. See which team to pick here.

How to make Clippers vs. Thunder picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 233 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60% of the time. You can only see the model’s picks at SportsLine.

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