A seven-game home winning streak is on the line for the Los Angeles Lakers (22-31) when they welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-24) to Staples Center. Action begins at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018, and can be seen on TNT.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers ATS Odds
Both teams had no trouble getting past their last opponent. The Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns 112-93, while the Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 125-105.
The Thunder forced 25 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.538 (above their season average of 0.513). The Lakers, on the other hand, made 23 of their 26 free throws (88.5 percent) and held the Suns to an effective field goal percentage of 0.426 (below their season average of 0.498). Los Angeles received a boost from Brandon Ingram, who recorded 26 points and five assists. Paul George, meanwhile played well for Oklahoma City, putting up 38 points, six steals and five rebounds.
The ineffective offense of Los Angeles (27th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 102.7) will face off against the top-notch defense of Oklahoma City (fifth in the league with a defensive efficiency of 104.6). The Thunder should have the advantage on that end of the court.
Vegas tends to place the total high when the Thunder are involved, as 56.4 percent of their games have ended under the total. Oklahoma City heads into the contest with records of 31-24 straight up (SU) and 22-32-1 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Oklahoma City, a little over half of Lakers games have finished over the total. Additionally, Los Angeles is 22-31 SU and 28-25 ATS.
The Thunder’s George has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 28.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Meanwhile, Ingram has averaged 16.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists during that same time frame for the Lakers.
In the season series between these two teams, the Thunder lead two games to one. The two teams combined for 212 points in their most recent game, which was under the projected point total of 221. Oklahoma City lost 108-104 but was unable to cover as a 10-point favorite. Los Angeles was lights out from beyond the arc (13-30; 43.3 percent). Oklahoma City, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.191 vs. 0.128). In the loss, Russell Westbrook led all scorers on the team with 36 points.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers Free Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Lakers, ATS Winner – Lakers, O/U – Under
The Lakers rank 10th in assists per game (23.3) while the Thunder rank 25th (21.1).
Oklahoma City ranks first in second chance points per game (15.1) while Los Angeles ranks last in second chance points allowed per game (13.9).
The Thunder rank seventh in points allowed in the paint per game (42.2) while the Lakers rank 29th (48.8).
Oklahoma City ranks ninth in blocks allowed per game (4.6) while Los Angeles ranks 29th (5.7).
Oklahoma City ranks fourth in fast break points per game (14.7) while Los Angeles ranks 19th in fast break points allowed per game (12.2).
The Thunder average 19.1 points off turnovers per game, which ranks first in the NBA. The Lakers rank 27th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.9).
The Thunder rank first in steals per game (9.4) while the Lakers rank 19th in steals allowed per game (8.0).
Oklahoma City averages 29.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 14th in the league. Los Angeles ranks 22nd in three pointers allowed per game (30.0).
Oklahoma City ranks third in rebounds allowed per game (41.1) while Los Angeles ranks 26th (45.3).
Los Angeles is 10-3 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Oklahoma City is 17-5.
The Thunder are 27-12 when they score over 100 points, while the Lakers are 19-18.
Los Angeles is 15-12 ATS at home, while Oklahoma City is 11-16 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 15 of the Lakers’ 27 home games, while 15 of the Thunder’s 27 road games have gone under.
The Lakers are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Thunder are 1-4.
In their last five games, Los Angeles has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Oklahoma City has 4 unders and 1 over.
The Lakers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.6, down from 2.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Thunder have scored an average of 109.8 points per game (3.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 111.2 points per game (8.4 above their season average).