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(8-6) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. L.A. Lakers (7-7)
Date: Tuesday November 22
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 221
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After a hot start the Thunder have cooled off big time. They hit a 4-game losing streak and then won 2 in a row before losing their last game. They already faced the Lakers early in the season at home laying a 113-96 beat down on them
The Lakers have been one of the surprise teams so far and they are at .500, but they have lost 3 of their last 4 games including their last 2.
In their last games the Thunder lost to the Indiana Pacers 115-111 in OT and the Lakers lost to the Chicago Bulls 118-110.
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The Thunder rank 12th in the league in points per game and tied for 15th in opponents’ points per game.
In the loss to the Pacers the Thunder did play good D holding Indiana to a FG% of 44.9%, but they only shot 43.6%. They outscored the Pacers by 9 points in the 4th quarter to force the OT, but only scored 8 points in the extra period.
Russell Westbrook had another triple-double in the loss to the Pacers, but he was only 13/34 from the floor.
He and Victor Oladipo, who is the team’s 2nd leading scorer (16.9 ppg), were the only starters that scored in double-figures for the Thunder and each did not have a good shooting night.
Westbrook and Oladipo only made 4 of their 14 3-pointers in the loss to Indiana.
Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 16 points in the loss to Indy and he and fellow C Steven Adams, who are both averaging in double figures, will be a tough match up for the Lakers.
In their earlier win over the Lakers the Thunder played solid D, shot 47.4% from the floor, and Westbrook had a triple-double.
This season the Thunder are 2-2 on the road.
The Lakers rank a solid 3rd in the league in points per game, but their issue has been on defense where they only rank 27th in opponents points allowed.
The Lakers have given up at least 116 points in their last 2 games.
In their loss to the Bulls in their last game the defense struggled yet again giving up 118 points on 51.7% shooting. The Lakers shot 44.1% from the floor, but they did shoot a solid 41.9% from beyond the 3-point arc.
Only 2 Lakers starters scored in double figures in the loss to Chicago, but avoided the blowout because of their bench. Reserves Larry Nance Jr. and Lou Williams combined for 43 points.
Lakers 2nd leading scorer D’Angelo Russell (16.1 ppg) struggled in the Bulls game and was held out of practice on Monday. He is a question mark for this game.
L.A. does have balance with 5 players that are averaging at least 14 ppg, but scoring is not the issue, but the sketchy defense is.
The Lakers are only 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games facing the Thunder.
The Lakers are 4-3 at home this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- OKC is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- OKC is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- LA is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- LA is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- LA is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. L.A. Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Thunder have not been a good bet as of late, but either have the Lakers.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder -2.5
I don’t think Russell will go in this one and OKC will win and cover the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Thunder 115 – Lakers 110
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