The Los Angeles Lakers will be seeking their first ATS victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last four tries as those Western Conference clubs meet in Oklahoma on Friday night.
Oklahoma City is 2-0-1 ATS over its past three games against Los Angeles, with those matchups coming in a five-game series victory for the Thunder in last year's playoffs. The OVER has paid out in five of the last six games between the Thunder and the Lakers.
The Thunder bring a 15-4 record (12-5-2 ATS) to the battle against the 9-10 Lakers, who are 8-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 9-9-1 so far and the Lakers go 10-9. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Thunder installed as 7-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including , at 212.5.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Thunder at No. 2 and the Lakers at No. 6 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 110-104 result in favor of the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 1-ranked offense (105.7 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 14 at 96.9 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 49.2% from the field per game, more than the Lakers have managed so far this season (45.8% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Lakers own the league's No. 21-rated mark, allowing 101.9 points per game when playing on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring on their home court.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 103-87 winner as they battled the Hornets on the road. The Lakers covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite, while 190 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kobe Bryant scored 29 points for Los Angeles on Wednesday, leading the Lakers to a 103-87 victory over New Orleans at New Orleans Arena.
In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 117-111 winner on the road against the Nets. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (228) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Kevin Durant poured in 32 points for Oklahoma City on Tuesday, as they defeated Brooklyn 117-111 at Barclays Center.
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Utah are 8-2
After playing New Orleans are 8-2
After a win are 3-7
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 1-9
After playing Brooklyn are 7-3
After a win are 8-2
A few Lakers at Thunder trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 6 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
Oklahoma City is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
LA Lakers home to Utah, Sunday, December 9
Oklahoma City home to Indiana, Sunday, December 9