Oklahoma City favored by 3 against Los Angeles on Sunday
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds
The Lakers will hit the floor running against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.
This season the Lakers are 18-25 overall and 17-26 ATS against the number, while the Thunder are 34-10 and 25-16-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Los Angeles is 22-20-1 on the OU, and Oklahoma City is 21-21-2.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Lakers as 3-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 209, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lakers - Thunder odds would favor the Thunder if the lines were set according to power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 10 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Thunder sit at No. 2. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 110-103 win for the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 102.3 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 15 at 97.1 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 45.5% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 47.8% per game.
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, giving up 98 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.
Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 105-95 result against the Kings on January 25. The Thunder covered in that game as a 9.5-point favorite, while the 200 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Kevin Durant scored 24 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City on Friday, leading the Thunder to a 105-95 victory over Sacramento at Power Balance Pavilion.
In their last action, Los Angeles was a 102-84 winner at home against the Jazz. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (186) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles got 17 points from Dwight Howard en route to a 102-84 victory over Utah on Friday at STAPLES Center.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 8-2
After playing Sacramento are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing New Orleans are 5-5
After playing Utah are 3-7
After a win are 5-5
A few Thunder at Lakers trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
Oklahoma City is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
Oklahoma City is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Oklahoma City
LA Lakers are 13-4 SU in their last 17 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 7 games
Oklahoma City home to Memphis, Thursday, January 31
LA Lakers home to New Orleans, Tuesday, January 29