The Lakers are favored by 1.5 in this Western Conference matchup against the Thunder. The total is sitting at 238. OKC is on a 4-game win streak, while the Lakers have lost 2 straight. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 ET at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
As of now, the Thunder (+102) are 2nd in the West, while the Lakers (-123) are 11th. This game will be shown on NBA TV.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER VS LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +1.5
This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:30 ET on Monday, January 15th.
WHY BET THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 119-115 in favor of the Thunder.
- Our projections have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finishing with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Thunder finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.5% and knocking down 14 threes.
Can Oklahoma City Pull Off a Road Win?
In terms of their O/U record, the Thunder are 22-16 this season, and the under has hit in their last two games. Today’s line of 238 is higher than the average O/U line of 233.3 in their games this year.
Oklahoma City’s ATS record for the season is 27-11, and they have covered the spread in three straight games. On the road, they are 11-6 vs. the spread compared to 16-5 at home.
The Thunder are currently on a four-game winning streak and have a record of 27-11, which is second in the Western Conference. In their last game, they defeated the Magic by a score of 112-100.
For the season, Oklahoma City has an average scoring differential of +6.9 points per game on the road. In the Western Conference, they are 15-8 compared to 12-3 against non-conference opponents.
So far this season, the Thunder have been the underdog in 14 of their 38 games. As the underdog, they have a scoring differential of +2.2 points per game. Their O/U record for the season is 22-16.
Heading into tonight’s game against the Lakers, the Thunder are one of the most efficient offenses in the league, ranking 3rd in scoring at 122.5 points per game. They have been even better on the road, averaging 120 points per game.
Oklahoma City’s offense is built around their ability to get to the rim, as they are 3rd in the NBA in two-point field goal percentage at 57%. Overall, they are shooting 50% from the field, which is 2nd in the league.
Despite their success on offense, the Thunder are last in the NBA in offensive rebounds, averaging just 8.2 per game. In terms of pace, they are 9th in the league at 100.1 possessions per game.
The Thunder’s defense is presently ranked 13th in the league, allowing an average of 113.4 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Thunder are causing 11.6 turnovers per game, ranking 1st in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 1st in rejections, averaging 6.4 blocked shots each game.
Will the Los Angeles Defense Show Up at Home?
The Lakers are looking to snap a two-game losing streak today as they host the Thunder. In their last game, the Lakers lost to the Jazz by a score of 132-125. The O/U line for that game was 238 points.
As the favorite this season, the Lakers have a record of 15-8 and are favored by 1.5 points today. In their last three games as the favorite, the Lakers are 0-3 against the spread.
On average, the Lakers’ games have finished with 229.9 points this season, which is lower than today’s O/U line of 238. The Lakers have a season record of 21-19-0 on the over/under.
In the Western Conference, the Lakers are currently in 11th place with a record of 19-21. In games against other Western Conference teams, they are 14-14 compared to 5-7 in non-conference games.
For the season, the Lakers are 8-12 against the spread at home, and their average scoring margin at home is +4.0 points per game. Overall, their ATS record is 16-24, and they have failed to cover the spread in their last two home games.
When playing at home, the Lakers are averaging 114.6 points per game, which is 21st in the league. On the season, they are 19th in scoring at 114.1 points per game. In terms of pace, the Lakers are 6th in the NBA at 100.7 possessions per game.
So far this season, the Lakers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 37.5% of their games. When it comes to field goal percentage, they are 8th in the league at 48%. However, they are just 24th in three-point shooting at 35%.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Lakers are 8th in attempts at 24.4 per game. In terms of assists, they are 8th in the league with an average of 27.6 assists per game.
On defense, Lakers is currently around the league average in points allowed, giving up an average of 115.8 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Lakers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.0% and allowing 38.2% from beyond the arc.