After reeling off six consecutive victories, the Los Angeles Clippers will go for seven on Wednesday night. But they'll have to earn their longest winning streak in over two decades against the defending Western Conference champions.
The Oklahoma City Thunder won't make it easy as they continue their recovery from an indifferent start to the season, having won seven of their last eight games to move to 8-3. It's been a positive spell for OKC, with Kevin Durant posting his first career triple-double in Sunday's 119-109 defeat of Golden State despite a decline in his scoring averages to date.
Yet the Clippers have won their last two meetings with the Thunder, and arrive full of confidence from their performances in a streak which has included wins over San Antonio and Miami. Oklahoma City may be favoured by -4.5 on the handicap at 1.91 but their Western rivals have the form to maintain their push.
The other team in Los Angeles have drawn attention for matters off the court with the early season sacking of coach Mike Brown but normality has returned to the Lakers with five wins out of six, including victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday in the first official game in charge for Mike D'Antoni. Kobe Bryant is scoring a league-high 26.3 points with Dwight Howard's dominant form offering glimpses of what might lie ahead.
They travel to Sacramento on Wednesday where the Kings are on a five game slide in which they have failed to come within less than nine, while averaging just 89.6 points. The Lakers are favoured by a generous -5.5 at 1.91 but it's worth a double on going under the points total of 206.5 with LA likely to hold something in reserve on the second night of a back to back schedule.
The Washington Wizards (0-9) are off to the worst start in franchise history and a visit to Atlanta is unlikely to improve their cause. With John Wall and Nene out indefinitely, the all-time record of 18 successive losses at the outset of the season looms large. Back the Hawks to cast a spell over the Wiz at 1.19.
Bet of the Day: Clippers to beat the Thunder at 2.47.