Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Los Angeles Lakers could be in for a long night tonight when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are -11 point favorites over the Lakers with an over/under point total set at 209.
The Thunder have won 14 of their last 16 games and will be looking to head into the All-Star break with another win after getting past the Trailblazers by 98-95 on Tuesday. Kevin Durant scored 36 points on 15 of 28 shooting and was the Thunder’s only consistent offense other than Jeremy Lamb who had 19 points off the bench which led to the Thunder falling behind by 55-45 heading into halftime before dominating the second half. Defensively, the Thunder did a great job of holding the Blazers to 37.6 percent shooting and LaMarcus Aldridge to five of 22 shooting for just 12 points.
On the other hand we have the Lakers who have lost nine of their last 11 and are coming off a 96-79 loss to the lowly Jazz. Chris Kaman led the team with 25 points and Wesley Johnson added 15 points as the Lakers shot out to an early lead, before getting dominated in a horrific 32-10 second quarter which completely deflated them. To make matters worse, Steve Nash left the game after just 17 minutes because of soreness in his back and won’t be suiting up for tonight’s game against the Thunder.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall, while the Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
Head to head, the Thunder are 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings and the Over is 6-2 in the last eight.
The All-Star break just can’t come soon enough for the Lakers who are coming off a franchise-high sixth straight home loss, but they’ll have to endure one more test against one of the best teams in the league. Unless the Lakers can make at least 12 or 13 three pointers, I don’t see them covering the spread against this tough Thunder team.
Oklahoma City Thunder -11 Los Angles Lakers