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(31-24) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers (22-31)
Date: Thursday February 8th
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -3
NBA Betting Total: 217
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing good basketball. The Thunder recently beat the Warriors at Oracle, 125-105. OKC is 1-4 over their last five games. The Los Angeles Lakers, are looking to keep the win streak going. The team has won three games in a row, and most recently got the win over Phoenix, 112-93.
The last time the Thunder and Lakers shared the court against each other, was this season, February 4th. The Lakers got the win, 108-104. This will be the fourth matchup between the Thunder and Lakers. The Thunder lead the series, 2-1.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a good NBA team right now. Beating the Warriors on the road by 20 sent a message. The Thunder are real. So real, Russell Westbrook and Paul George took over with Melo out. Look for the team to play better with Melo off the court.
Carmelo Anthony is a good player, but nothing near the player he was 2015. His extended stay in New York, signing a huge mega contract is probably what caused him to hit a cliff. On top of all that, he is getting older. Melo is also never really in shape to start the season.
Anthony is averaging 17 points per game this season. His production is down, and so is his usage. Anthony is usually an All Star, but as we’ve seen this year, he is not playing at or close to that level. Look for the Thunder to win two or three in a row in his absence.
Aside from Carmelo, the Thunder have played only one top tier NBA team, over their last five games. The only team being the Warriors. OKC shot 47.3 percent from the field, and 38.7 percent from three in the 20 point win. They also turned over the Warriors 25 times in the win.
The Thunder are allowing 102.8 points per game this season. Good enough to rank OKC 6th in points allowed this year.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are three game win streak, and last beat the Phoenix Suns, 112-93. The Lakers shot 47 percent from the floor and 42.3 percent from three point land in the 19 point win. Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 26 points, on 9 of 12 shooting from the field. His up and down play is going to need a balance if the Lakers are going to be successful.
Aside from Ingram, Kyle Kuzma added 16 points, and Julius Randle had 21 points and eight rebounds. The inspiring play by the young Lakers has been encouraging at times, but against top NBA teams, the Lakers don’t show up. That has a lot to do with how young their roster is. Brook Lopez is the teams veteran voice in the locker room.
Other than Lopez, The Lakers are still young. This season is going to be one to learn from. Without Lonzo Ball practically the rest of the season, the Lakers are going to be able to evaluate more talent on their roster. Rookie Josh Hart has been playing solid as well as Jordan Clarkson in Ball’s absence.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 13-6 in OKC last 19 Thu. games.
- LAL are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Home team is 15-4 ATS in the last 19 meetings
- OKC are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook are both questionable for tonight’s matchup against the Lakers. If they both are a no go, look for Paul George to show up huge in his home state.
The Lakers best bet is to hope Russell Westbrook decides to sit out. If he is, the 27th ranked team in points allowed this season, has a shot at limiting OKC to less than 112 points.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder -3
With or without Westbrook, Paul George is going to show out in his home state. Take the Thunder for the road win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Thunder 115 – Lakers 95
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