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(23-13) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers (21-16)
Date: Wednesday December 2
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 230
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This is a nice matchup of playoff bound teams with the visitors favoured due to the absence of LeBron James. They did win without him in their most recent contest though.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Celtics winning three of the four contests. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Knicks 287 of their 467 matches.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder snuck home for a win against Dallas and are now back on the road on the West Coast for a couple. It does not seem like a good spot but at least they were home for New Year’s Eve.
In their recent win Russell Westbook had another one of his triple doubles with 32-11-11. He is averaging a triple double again this season, even is his highlights are down due to his “lack” of scoring. He is going to school some young players in this one.
Paul George will probably benefit the most from LeBron not being in the lineup. George is leading the team in scoring and rebounding more than he ever has in his career. He is also looking at season highs in assists and steals and blocks. He might be an MVP candidate himself.
Thanks to a total team effort, this is one of the best defensive teams in the league. Andre Roberson is still on the shelf but now they are just a couple of games from getting him back.
The Thunder are in a great spot to steal this game with LeBron looking on from the sidelines.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are missing James but they are also missing Rajon Rondo. Rondo is not exactly the same level but he has been good for the Lakers as he takes the pressure off of Lonzo Ball. The Lakers are just looking to tread water until James is back for good. They are not going to rush him.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was big off the bench in the last game, scoring 26 points against the Kings. Josh Hart has scored in double figures in the last five games, peaking at 22 in the last one. It is interesting to see some players grow in the King’s absence.
With no James in the lineup the scoring has been sporadic for this group. On some nights the young guys look like they are going to be able to figure things out on their own and on others the lack of consistency is obvious. This one might be tough.
NBA Betting Trends:
- OKC are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Pacific.
- OKC are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Wed. games.
- Under is 13-3-1 in LAL last 17 home games.
- Under is 5-2-1 in LAL last 8 games as an underdog.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Thunder are the better team and even though this is on the road they should win. L.A. does not play much defense.
Oklahoma City is only favoured by a couple of possessions so it will be important they close out the game strong.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder -4.5
Probably best to bet this one as quickly as you can, I think the number will go up as game time approaches.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Thunder 114 – Lakers 102
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