Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers just squeaked by the opening round, and now Los Angeles has a very tough task as the Lakers have to head to Oklahoma City on Monday to face off against the mighty OKC Thunder. The Thunder are -6 point favorites over the Lakers with an over/under point total set at 193.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have played like championship contenders all season long as the Thunder have rolled their way through the regular season and the playoffs. The Thunder are led by their top five offense which is averaging better than 103 points per game on the year, but don’t be fooled as Oklahoma City Thunder can turn it up on the other end of the floor as well if needed. Leading the Thunder this season is Kevin Durant who is having a monster of a year, averaging 28 points per game, and leading the team with an average of eight rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Lakers were in a battle with the Nuggets in round one of the playoffs, and it looked for a moment on Saturday that the Lakers would fall victim to the Nuggets in game seven of the opening round, squandering a 3-1 series advantage for the Lakers. Los Angeles needed a strong outing in the fourth quarter against the Nuggets to secure the win, and it will be interesting to see if Los Angeles is fatigued heading into Monday’s game in Oklahoma City. Leading the Lakers this season is of course Kobe Bryant who is scoring an average of 27.9 points per game.
The Thunder are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, and due to OKC’s high octane offense, the Thunder have gone over the projected total in five of their last seven games. The Thunder have been a solid play at home against the Lakers lately as OKC is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven home games against L.A. The Lakers are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games.
This should be a great series to watch as it will be fun to watch Durant and Kobe on the floor facing off in the playoffs. Here in game one however, I don’t give the Lakers much of a shot as the Lakers come to town off of a physically and emotionally draining series against the Nuggets, and even though the Lakers may keep it close for awhile, I like the Thunder by double digits here.
Oklahoma City Thunder -6 Los Angeles Lakers