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Thunder vs Lakers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Tuesday, February 7th
- Betting Odds LAL -7, OKC +237 | LAL -296 O/U 237.0
The Thunder come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-28. So far, the team has gone 33-20-0 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
Not only did the Thunder drop their last game to the Warriors. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 141-114 as 3 point underdogs. The game got away from Oklahoma City in the 2nd half, as the Warriors extended their 7 point halftime lead to grab a 27 point win. Leading the team in scoring was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, as he contributed 20 points while hitting 37.5% of his shots.
So far, the Lakers have put together an overall record of 25-29, while going 25-26-3 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Los Angeles has an overall record of 2-1, including going 1-2 against the spread.
Not only did the Lakers drop their last game to the Pelicans. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 131-126 as 0 point underdogs. Los Angeles let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Anthony Davis led the team in scoring with 34 points on a field goal percentage of 52.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In addition to ending their head-to-head series in a split, the Thunder and Lakers both had records of 2-2 in the games Los Angeles. Similar to their season-long average, the Thunder averaged 106.5 points per game vs the Lakers. Just like the Thunder, the Lakers maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 113.75 points per game vs Oklahoma City. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Oklahoma City has gone 3-2 vs the spread. However, the Lakers actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +6 points per game. Oklahoma City and Los Angeles averaged a combined 220 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Oklahoma City offense is the 5th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.3 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Thunder are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.8 possessions per game. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the league in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 3rd in the league in made field goals per game.
Against the Lakers, the Thunder will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 15th in points allowed.
Point-Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander currently leads the Thunder at 30.8 points per game. For the season, he is 12th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 21.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 4.7 boards and 5.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 26th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Josh Giddey enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 48 games, he is averaging 16.2 and is 99th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Coming into today’s action, Los Angeles is averaging 117.1 points per contest. This figure places them 6th in the league. In terms of pace, the Lakers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 102.6 possessions per game. If the Lakers offense is going to continue to produce at their current level, they would benefit from an improvement in their outside shooting. Currently, they are the 26th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Currently, the Lakers defense is ranked 28th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.15 points per game vs the unit.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of LeBron James, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as James leads the team in scoring at 30.0 points per game while Davis is 2nd at 27.1. For the season, James is 8th in the NBA in usage rate and 20th in player efficiency. Behind him, Davis has taken 19.5% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 57.5%.
Thunder vs Lakers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Lakers -7
- Free Total Prediction: Over 237.0