The Lakers and Thunder are set to face off at 8:00 ET on BSO. The Thunder will host the game at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 238.5 points, and the Thunder are favored to win at home against the Lakers.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER BETTING PICK
The Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -4
This game will be played at Paycom Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.
WHY BET THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-110 in favor of the Thunder.
- Our projections have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finishing with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Thunder finishing with a field goal percentage of 50.0% and knocking down 14 threes.
Will the Los Angeles Defense Show Up on the Road?
Coming into today’s game vs. the Thunder, the Lakers have an overall record of 15-14 and are above .500. On the road, the Lakers are 5-11 this season compared to a home record of 10-3.
Los Angeles comes in with an overall ATS record of 12-17 so far this season. During this season, Los Angeles has a 8-11 record against the spread as favorites and 4-6 as underdogs.
In their latest game, the Lakers offense put up 111 points against the Timberwolves. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 49.4% and made 10 threes. Anthony Davis led the team in scoring, putting up 31 points. Additionally, Austin Reaves contributed 20 points for the Lakers.
On the defensive side, Lakers is currently hovering around the NBA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 114.0 points per game.
On two point field goal attempts, the Lakers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.0% and allowing 37.6% from beyond the arc.
Does Oklahoma City Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?
When playing on the road, the Thunder have gone 8-4 this season, compared to their 10-4 record at home. Overall, the Thunder are 18-8 and are above .500.
Against the spread, Oklahoma City have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 19-7 ATS. In their last three home games, Oklahoma City has successfully covered the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 10-4 at home compared to 9-3 on the road.
In their latest game, the Thunder offense put up 134 points against the Clippers. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 58.6% and made 16 threes. The top scorer for the Thunder was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 31 points, while Chet Holmgren also chipped in with 23 points.
Coming into today’s game, the Thunder’s defense is giving up an average of 113.0 points per contest.
In the terms of takeaways, Thunder are causing 12 turnovers per game, ranking 4th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 3rd in rejections, averaging 6.4 blocked shots each game.