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2021 NBA Handicapping
(2-2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (0-4)
Date: Wednesday, October 27th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers | Thunder (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers – 9.5
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
Wednesday, October 27th finds the Los Angeles Lakers facing the. Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time this season.
Both teams are playing the second game of a back-to-back set with LA having won in overtime versus San Antonio and OKC losing to the Warriors after holding the early double-digit lead on Tuesday.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Lakers taking all three contests. The Lakers hold the all-time record having bested the Thunder in 149 of their 256 matches.
Los Angeles Lakers
After a rough start to the season where the Lakers lost to the Warriors and Suns, they finally got into the win column — just barely.
In all their matches, the Lakers were within 10 points in the final minute of the game. What is very clear is this roster will take time to find its rhythm and chemistry.
Fortunately, the Lakers have time and a slew of lower-tier seeds to iron out those kinks in the coming weeks. Moreover, after this mini two-game road trip, they’ll only play one (Portland) of their next 10 games on the road.
At the top of the list is integrating Russell Westbrook and figuring out how to maximize him when LeBron is the primary ball-handler.
He’s more comfortable with Anthony Davis which was clearly evident in the win versus the Spurs with Russ having his best overall game and playing in a manner closer to the style he’s accustomed to.
Davis got banged up (shoulder and knee) but played through the bumps delivering a double-double of 35 points and `17 rebounds. Westbrook neared triple-double territory with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists (plus 3 steals).
Oklahoma City Thunder
It feels redundant to keep stating this point but this is exactly what Vice President of Basketball Operations, Sam Presti wanted from his team.
They have a closest jam-packed with 34 draft picks over the next seven seasons but the truth is many of those picks are heavily protected which means OKC needs to focus on the pick they have control over — their own.
Through four games the Thunder are winless. They gave the 76ers a scare late and jumped on the Warriors but have yet to discover a way to maintain a lead or their edge through 48 minutes.
OKC made it a game versus the Warriors though jumping on them from the tip and built a 15-point lead. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dropped 30 and found his 3-point range (4 of 5).
Luguentz Dort defended Steph Curry like he was auditioning to be his shadow and also scored 11 points. The rookies got in on the action with Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Josh Giddey getting the start. JRE scored 12 while Giddey filled the stat sheet with 7 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, and a block.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 7-3 in the last 10 head to head
- The Thunder are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Injuries are the biggest factor for this match as it’s feasible neither James nor Davis will play and the team is still missing Kendrick Nunn, Talen Horton-Tucker, Trevor Ariza, and Wayne Ellington.
Although the Lakers boast a deep roster with several talents if these six players are out it will put a lot more pressure on Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.
OKC gave both the 76ers and Warriors a scare so it’s not out of the question to think they’d be keen to strike a weakened Lakers club. Unlike the Lakers, the upcoming Thunder schedule is hellish featuring nine 2021 playoff squads in their next 13 matches.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder +9.5
Cautionary tale: LeBron and AD were out against the Thunder in January 2020 with Chris Paul still in OKC — LA spanked OKC 125-110.
Still, if the two superstars don’t play I’d earmark this game as the best chance for OKC to break into the win column. But if LeBron and AD play I’d revert back to LA winning and covering.
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