The Los Angeles Lakers (11-25) welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-17) to Staples Center. The Lakers look to snap their seven-game losing streak. The game starts at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and will air on ESPN.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Odds
Both teams were beaten in their last game. The Lakers got blown out by the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-96, while the Thunder lost a close one to the Dallas Mavericks, 116-113.
Oklahoma City did a terrific job of making free throws (17-23; 73.9 percent) while Los Angeles had a better offensive rebounding percentage (20.9 vs. 20.0). Los Angeles was led by Julius Randle, who contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook played an enormous role in the victory for Oklahoma City, accumulating 38 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists on his way to his 11th triple-double of the season.
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of Los Angeles. Los Angeles ranks 28th in the NBA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 15.3 percent), while the pesky defense of Oklahoma City forces the most turnovers in the league (16.2 percent).
Of the Thunder’s 37 games, 22 have finished under the total. Oklahoma City comes into the contest with records of 20-17 straight up (SU) and 13-23-1 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Oklahoma City, Lakers games have typically gone over the total (55.6 percent). Moreover, Los Angeles owns records of 11-25 SU and 17-19 ATS.
Westbrook has been playing at a high level recently for Oklahoma City, averaging 31.6 points, 11.6 assists, 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals over the last five games.
The Thunder edged out the Lakers in this series last year, winning two out of three games. In the most recent game, Oklahoma City won 110-93. Oklahoma City’s 0.124 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Los Angeles, who had a mark of 0.059. This is the first time these teams will meet this year.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Lakers, ATS Winner – Lakers, O/U – Over
The Thunder rank fourth in fast break points per game (14.2) while the Lakers rank 19th in fast break points allowed per game (11.7).
Oklahoma City ranks second in points off turnovers per game (18.9) while Los Angeles ranks 28th in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.2).
The Thunder rank second in rebounds allowed per game (41.0) while the Lakers rank 27th (45.6).
Oklahoma City ranks first in steals per game (9.7) while Los Angeles ranks 25th in steals allowed per game (8.2).
Oklahoma City averages 5.1 blocks per game, which ranks ninth in the league. Los Angeles ranks 28th in blocks allowed per game (6.1).
The Thunder average 14.4 second chance points per game, which ranks fourth in the NBA. The Lakers rank last in second chance points allowed per game (14.3).
The Lakers rank eighth in assists per game (23.0) while the Thunder rank 28th (20.7).
Oklahoma City ranks 17th in three pointers attempted per game (28.8) while Los Angeles ranks 21st in three pointers allowed per game (29.9).
Oklahoma City ranks fourth in points allowed in the paint per game (41.0) while Los Angeles ranks 29th (50.2).
Los Angeles is 5-3 when they allow under 100 points, while Oklahoma City is 13-5.
The Lakers are 11-15 when they score over 100 points, while the Thunder are 17-7.
Oklahoma City is 5-12 ATS on the road, while Los Angeles is 8-10 ATS at home.
In 17 road games, the Thunder have 10 unders and 7 overs.
In 18 home games, the Lakers have 11 overs and 7 unders.
The Thunder are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Lakers are 1-4.
In their last five games, Oklahoma City has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Los Angeles has 4 overs and 1 under.
The Thunder’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.2, up from 3.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lakers have scored an average of 109.4 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 122.6 points per game (11.3 above their season average).