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Lakers face Thunder: NBA odds preview

Los Angeles LakersOklahoma City Thunder
Feb 23, 9:30 PM | Chesapeake Energy Arena

Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds

20-13TEAM RECORD26-7

The NBA betting slate features a clash between Oklahoma City and Los Angeles on Thursday, with the host Thunder trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.

The Thunder sport records of 26-7 and 18-15 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Lakers sit at 20-13 and 16-17 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 17-16 for the Thunder and 15-18 for the Lakers.

View LA Lakers vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Thunder as 7-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 193.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 5-rated Lakers taking on the No. 7-rated Thunder in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 102-98 win for the Thunder on Thursday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 102.8 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 6 at 91.1 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.1% per game.

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.9 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 96-91 result against the Mavericks on February 22. The Lakers covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog, while the 187 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Lakers grabbed a 96-91 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday, behind a 24-point effort from Pau Gasol at American Airlines Center.

Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 119-104 result against the Celtics on February 22. The Thunder covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite, while the 223 combined points took the game OVER the total. Boston was victimized by Russell Westbrook for 31 points as the Thunder defeated the Celtics 119-104 in NBA action on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Minnesota are 8-2
After playing Dallas are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Lakers at Thunder trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games
LA Lakers are 18-4 SU in their last 22 games when playing Oklahoma City
LA Lakers are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Oklahoma City's last 16 games

Next up:
LA Lakers home to Minnesota, Wednesday, February 29
Oklahoma City at Philadelphia, Wednesday, February 29

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