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LA Lakers vs. Oklahoma City, 05/16/2012 21:30
Point Spread: +8/-108 LA Lakers
NBA FREE PICK: Los Angeles Lakers +8
It's going to be easy for everyone to load up on the Thunder in Game 2 after the beating they put on the Lakers in Game 1, but I wouldn't be so fast to pull the trigger if I was you.
Los Angeles is one of the few teams that can take a beating and come right back out the next night and look like a completely different team. They did it twice in the first round against Denver. After losing 84-99 in Game 3 at Denver, the Lakers came back and won Game 4 92-88. They got killed 98-113 in Game 6, only to win 96-87 in Game 7.
The Lakers were really in a tough spot in Game 1, they just used all of their energy in that huge Game 7 win over the Nuggets, and ran into a Thunder team that hadn't played in over a week. The fact that the Lakers got blown out in Game 1 actually helped them, as they were able to rest up their starters in the fourth quarter. They also didn't waste a lot of energy defensively in that game, which is why the Thunder shot 53% from the field.
I'm not saying the Lakers are going to win Game 2, but I think its going to come down to the wire. The Thunder simply couldn't miss in Game 1. Odds are they won't make as many shots the second time around, especially now that the Lakers have a better understanding of what they want to do offensively.
Los Angeles is a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points, while the Thunder are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. BET THE LAKERS!