March 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM #48436
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2013 NBA Basketball Betting
The Los Angeles Lakers are just trying to make the playoffs at this point. They will have a very tall order this Tuesday as they try to knock off the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder – Tuesday, March 5
Online sports betting line: No line
Why Los Angeles Will Win
When consulting betonline reviews, you simply can’t deny that the Los Angeles Lakers are gaining momentum and confidence. Head coach Mike D’Antoni knows that this is a statement game for his team, which has reached the .500 mark and is bearing down on the wobbling Utah Jazz for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
What should help the Lakers in this game, in addition to a sense of welcome urgency, is that Los Angeles is winning more razor-close games. The Lakers beat Dallas in a nip-and-tuck battle on Feb. 24, and one Sunday later, on March 3, they beat the Atlanta Hawks in the final 10 seconds of regulation. The Lakers are slowly but steadily cultivating a sense of mutual trust on the court, believing in each other and no longer carrying around the negative body language that was so conspicuous through the month of January. There’s a different vibe in the Lakers’ locker room right now, and that attitude is carrying over to the court. The more small milestones the Lakers achieve – and getting to .500 was one of them – the more this team will believe that it can not only make the playoffs, but generate some noise once it gets in. A very happy and positive snowball effect is in evidence for the Lakers right now.
Why Oklahoma City Will Win
No matter which bookies you trust, a realistic and thoughtful sport betting perspective will certainly enable you to pick the Thunder in this contest. Oklahoma City would love to push Los Angeles out of the playoff picture. As long as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the floor, the Thunder have the elite scorers who can embarrass a Laker defense that has been markedly inconsistent this season. Yet, this isn’t just a matter of matchups. Oklahoma City is coming off an impressive road win over the Los Angeles Clippers this past Sunday. The Thunder took a strong punch from the Clippers and did not flinch. Oklahoma City is playing with confidence at the moment, and since it knows that the San Antonio Spurs will be without guard Tony Parker for the next three and a half weeks (due to an injury suffered last week), coach Scott Brooks’ team will want to make a charge at the top seed in the Western Conference. This is a time of opportunity for Oklahoma City; expect the Thunder to play with great energy and throttle the Lakers at both ends of the floor.
Who Will Win
It’s hard to bet against Oklahoma City on most occasions, especially when the Thunder are playing at home. The Lakers are getting better, but they’re not ready to win in Oklahoma City right now.
Read more on the latest sportsbook odds for NBA basketball in 2013.
NBA Betting Pick: Oklahoma City
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