Thunder vs. Lakers Spread Prediction

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 1/2/19 Predictions & Odds

The Los Angeles Lakers will be without LeBron James again Wednesday night but are the Oklahoma City Thunder laying too many points tonight to their Western Conference rivals?

Game Snapshot

517 Oklahoma City Thunder at 518 Los Angeles Lakers

10:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Thunder are 5.5-point favorites to beat the Lakers. The total, meanwhile, sits at 229.5 points and as of this writing, 51% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Thunder to cover the point spread.

Oklahoma City Thunder Fantasy Spin

Steven Adams hit 5-of-8 shots for 12 points with 13 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 33 minutes against the Mavericks on Monday. The Mavericks hacked him early and often, as Adams finished 2-of-8 from the free throw line. That knocked him down to 53% on the season, but he's still been a top-75 asset in 9-category leagues. However, if you're punting free throws he's been a top-25 player for his solid output in points (15.6), rebounds (10.0), steals (1.5) and FG% (59.6%).

Los Angeles Lakers Fantasy Spin

LeBron James (left groin) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Thunder. It'll be his fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, which will result in another start for Josh Hart and there will be more opportunity for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. LBJ was able to get up some shots on Tuesday, which is the first time he's been able to do that since sustaining the groin injury, so that's a positive. However, he probably won't be able to get back out there until he goes through a full practice, so for now, we'll consider him doubtful for Friday's game against the Knicks.

NBA Betting Trends

Oklahoma City

The Thunder are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games playing on one day of rest.

Los Angeles

The Lakers are 1-5-1 against the number in their last seven games coming off a win.

Prediction

The home team is 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 meetings between these two teams while the Thunder are just 3-7 against the number in their last 10 road games versus the Lakers. The Thunder are also 1-4 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home record while the Lakers have covered the spread in five of their last seven home games versus an opponent with a winning road record.

Wednesday NBA Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers +5.5

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