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2023 NBA Handicapping
(29-33) Los Angeles Lakers vs. OKC Thunder (28-33)
Date: Wednesday, March 1st
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Moneyline NBA Odds: Lakers -115 | Thunder -105 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -1
Today’s NBA Betting Total: OFF as of posting – score prediction below
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As can be seen, both teams are completing back-to-back sets with the Los Angeles Lakers losing 109-121 to the Grizzlies and the Thunder losing 117-123 to the Kings on the front side Tuesday night.
At this time, the Lakers are 29-30-2 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 14-17-1 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Thunder are 37-22-1 against the spread this season. Also, they are 18-12 ATS as the home team
Wednesday, March 1st, finds the Los Angeles Lakers facing the OKC Thunder for the second of three scheduled matches between the clubs.
February 7th marked the clubs’ initial meeting and was significant because it was the match that will be featured in future trivia questions. That’s because LeBron James became the all-time leading scorer in NBA history in that match.
However, while the King celebrated that major accomplishment it was the Thunder who came away with the 133-130 victory.
The Lakers will host the final meeting between the clubs on March 24th.
All-time the Lakers hold the advantage of winning 151 of 261 matches. Last season the teams played four times splitting the regular season series.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing, Tuesday, February 28th. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Wednesday, March 1st.
Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday night the Lakers got a taste of what life will be like without LeBron James as they fell to the Grizzlies. Notably, the Grizzlies easily collected this win getting up an incredible 112 field goal attempts while holding LA to 86.
On the negative side, LA allows opponents to score an average of 117.9 points per game ranking 24th. Their opponents shoot 47.0% from the field and 34.7% from behind the arc ranking 10th and sixth respectively.
Another key point, the Lakers score 117.0 points per game which rank sixth-best while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from the perimeter ranking ninth and 26th respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- LeBron James SF (OUT indefinitely – foot)
- D’Angelo Russell PG (OUT- ankle)
Similar to the Lakers, the Thunder also are suffering without their star but they remain scrappy and pushed the Kings right to the end ultimately erasing 16-point leads twice and losing by just six points.
Offensively, the Thunder scores 117.8 points per game ranking third while shooting 46.9% from the field and 36.3% from deep ranking 18th and 13th respectively.
Meanwhile, OKC limits opponents to 116.6 points per game (20th) with them shooting 47.0% from the field and 35.8% from deep ranking 12th and 14th respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G (OUT right ankle soreness/abdominal strain)
- Aleksej Pokusevski SF (OUT indefinitely, leg)
- Chet Holmgren, PF (OUT for season, foot)
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Los Angeles Lakers vs. OKC Thunder NBA Betting Trends:
- All in all, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Also, the Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest.
- By comparison, the Thunder are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days’ rest.
- In conclusion, the Thunder are 5-2 in the last seven meetings versus the Lakers.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. OKC Thunder NBA Prediction:
Both teams are missing their stars but the Thunder are growing and learning whereas the Lakers are an older core that is in must-win territory.
In contrast, Anthony Davis who has to carry the load without LeBron had an absolutely huge performance with a double-double of 28 points and 19 rebounds plus five blocks and that STILL wasn’t enough for them to be close to sniffing a win.
The fact the oddsmakers are only giving a one-point edge to the Thunder speaks to how close this match should be (even without SGA and LeBron).
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