Lakers hit the floor in Oklahoma City
The Los Angeles Lakers have won just one of their last six games against the Oklahoma City Thunder as those teams hit the hardwood together in NBA betting action at the sportsbooks on Friday night.
The Lakers went 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS against the Thunder last season, and overall they're 3-7 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in the last 10 games between the teams dating back to 2012. The OVER/UNDER went 7-2-1 for totals bettors in those matchups.
Oklahoma City battles the Lakers, currently with a 10-11 mark (13-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 12-9 for the Thunder and 12-9 for the Lakers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For bettors going with the Thunder in this one, they were listed earlier as -9-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 207.5 for Friday at shops such as 5Dimes.
This game matches up the No. 14 (Thunder) and the No. 22 (Lakers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 100-92 result in favor of the Thunder is predicted by handicapping models.
The Lakers were a 114-108 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Suns. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (222) made winners of OVER bettors. Los Angeles got 20 points from Kobe Bryant but lost anyway 114-108 against the Suns on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.
Oklahoma City won its last outing, a 116-100 result against the Grizzlies on December 11. The Thunder covered in that game as a 6-point favorite, while the 216 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Thunder got a 27-point performance from Russell Westbrook as Oklahoma City ran past Memphis 116-100 on Wednesday at FedExForum.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 2-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 14-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 25 in the league with 6.19 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 1 with 10.33 per outing.
A few Lakers at Thunder trends to consider:
LA Lakers is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games
LA Lakers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Lakers's last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Oklahoma City is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
Oklahoma City is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Los Angeles at Charlotte, Saturday, December 14th
Oklahoma City home to Orlando, Sunday, December 15th