Lakers vs. Thunder NBA Prediction
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (ATS Consultants) – The Thunder have won six straight and appear to be firing on all cylinders after beating Brooklyn on the road, 117-111 giving 4, on Tuesday. Will they cover versus the Lakers tonight?
The Lakers are going for two straight after defeating New Orleans, 103-87 on Wednesday night. The Lakers (9-10 SU, 8-11 ATS) travel to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to face the Thunder (15-4 SU, 13-5-1 ATS) on Friday night at 9:30pmET.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Thunder opened as an 8.5-point favorite and moved to 7.5 in most books. The total opened at 210 and moved to 212 in most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 53% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Thunder. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take Oklahoma City. According to the latest NBA trends, the Lakers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Oklahoma City, 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games, 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win, 6-21 ATS in their last 27 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. Oklahoma City is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific.
The dysfunctional Lakers have been an up-and-down squad since losing Steve Nash and hiring Mike D'Antoni as head coach. The Thunder are led by Russell Westbrook (20.9ppg) and Kevin Durant (26.5ppg) in one of the most explosive lineups in the league. Chris Duhon is the Lakers' point guard and will have the unenviable takes of trying to slow down Westbrook. Dwight Howard will be banged around in the paint by Kendrick Perkins, one of the more physical centers in the league. This it not a good matchup for the aging Lakers.
2012 NBA FREE PICK: OKLAHOMA CITY –7.5