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2020 NBA Handicapping (Orlando Restart)
(41-25) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers (51-15)
Date: Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – HP Field House | ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder +6.5 | Lakers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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When the league suspended play the OKC Thunder and Lakers held the best record through the last ten games (8-2). The teams have played three times this season with the Lakers victors in all three.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder looked off throughout their match against the Denver Nuggets. Teams with length have caused OKC issues and the Nuggets took advantage of that fact.
Another key in the loss was the Thunder prefer to utilize pace and tempo but the Nuggets ground play to a crawl forcing the Thunder to constantly play in a half-court set.
With the absence of Dennis Schroder who left the bubble to be on hand for the birth of his daughter the Thunder never found ease of flow. Throughout the season the Thunder have been the best clutch time team, but on this day they looked fatigued and out of sync.
Chris Paul had a chance to ice the game at the line but missed a free throw sending the match to overtime where the Nuggets took over.
Without Schroder, the duo of Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are taking turns filling in for the German. Although SGA improved as the game went on he looked awkward early. Both guards appeared fatigued late and subsequently didn’t have their typical dominance in the clutch.
In the loss, the duo and Danilo Gallinari all delivered 20 points or more while Steven Adams came up one rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Los Angeles Lakers
With the win over the Utah Jazz on Monday, the Lakers clinched the top seed in the Western Conference and a trip to the postseason for the first time since 2013.
Although the Lakers are 2-1 in the seeding games they’ve struggled to put points on the board. LA’s offense has predominantly comes from the trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, or Kyle Kuzma.
They’ll use these last five games to find others who can be relied on to help with scoring and to find more offensive flow.
In the victory over the Jazz, Anthony Davis rebounded from a sub-par offensive game versus the Raptors when he was held to seven shots. AD put up a massive 42 point, 12 rebound double-double while James flirted with a triple-double posting 22 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds.
Dwight Howard (11) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Home team is 18-8 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
- OKC is 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
- LAL are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Northwest.
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
Working to the benefit of OKC is LA may not be as invested in pushing their superstars to their typical minutes. Instead, Frank Vogel might use this time to develop some chemistry and offensive efficiency from those not named LeBron or AD.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Thunder plus points
OKC owns tiebreaks against the Rockets and Jazz and would prefer to move up into either the fourth or fifth seeds so look for the Thunder to approach this match as a must-win outing.
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