The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers will have the attention of totals bettors on Friday night as those Western Conference teams look to play their fifth straight OVER result.
The Thunder and Lakers played an OVER game in their first matchup of this season back on December 7, with Oklahoma City winning 114-108 but failing to cover the 7.5-point spread at home. The total for that contest had been set high at the books at 211.5.
This season the Lakers are 15-20 overall and 14-21 ATS against the number, while the Thunder are 27-8 and 20-13-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Los Angeles is 20-15 on the OU, and Oklahoma City is 17-17-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Lakers and the No. 2-ranked Thunder, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 111-103 result in favor of the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 4-rated squad against Oklahoma City's No. 12-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 3 in the league with 8.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 with 7.6 per outing.
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.4 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 106-84 winner at home against the Timberwolves. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (190) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Oklahoma City cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Minnesota out of the gym and running up a 106-84 score at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 108-105 result against the Spurs on January 9. The Lakers covered in that game as a 13.5-point underdog, while the 213 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Los Angeles got 27 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 108-105 loss against San Antonio on Wednesday at AT&T Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Portland are 4-6
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7
A few Thunder at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
Oklahoma City is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
LA Lakers are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
Oklahoma City at Portland, Sunday, January 13
LA Lakers home to Cleveland, Sunday, January 13