Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Thunder vs Lakers Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Oklahoma City Thunder taking on the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday December 23 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Oklahoma City Thunder (19-9) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (5-23)
Date: December 23
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Oklahoma City -13
NBA Betting Total: 207
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The Thunder look to repeat exactly what they did to Los Angeles not too long ago when they visit the Staples Center on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City nearly handed the Lakers their worst loss in franchise history with a 118-78 win last weekend.
The Lakers do come in with some momentum as Kobe Bryant led them to a come from behind win against Denver on Tuesday night.
Kevin Durant has battled back from multiple injuries and has adapted well to the new style of offense in Oklahoma City.
Durant hit the game winning shot and then blocked a shot attempt from the Clippers in Monday’s 100-99 win that saw him go for 24 points. Durant has now scored 20 or more points in the last 14 games.
PF Serge Ibaka is also contributing in a big way, which is something the Thunder haven’t seen consistently this season. Ibaka has rattled off 4 straight games with double digit points and is averaging 16.3 points per game during that stretch.
Russell Westbrook has also continued his tear as he dropped in 33 against the Clippers on Monday.
The Thunder have won 5 straight in this series and 8 of the last 9.
The Lakers were embarrassed this past weekend by the Thunder, but rebounded and showed a lot of heart in their come from behind win in Denver on Tuesday.
Los Angeles trailed by 13 early in the 2nd half, but Kobe Bryant turned back the clock once again and stepped up in a big way. Bryant put in 31 points, but also had 5 assists and played some stellar defense, especially down the stretch, to secure a Lakers win.
Bryant did not play in the blowout loss to the Thunder this past weekend and remains question on Wednesday with that shoulder still lingering and this being a back to back.
C Roy Hibbert will look to get himself going as he’s struggled lately. Over his past 3 games, Hibbert has just 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Los Angeles is a mere 2-7 SU at home and is allowing 104.2 points per game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss..
- Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game..
- Thunder are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Wednesday games..
- Lakers are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win..
- Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game..
Free NBA Prediction:
The Lakers will have a chip on their shoulder with redemption on their mind.
While they aren’t going to win this one, they should have the mentality and desire to keep this close after that beat down they had to endure.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles ATS
The Lakers keep this one close, but ultimately fall in the end.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Oklahoma City 105- Los Angeles 100
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