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Thunder face Lakers at Staples Center

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers will close out the first half of the NBA betting slate on Thursday night as the teams hit the hardwood at the Staples Center.

The Thunder beat the Lakers 122-97 as a 12.5-point home favorite on the NBA odds when the Western teams met back on December 13 in an OVER result for totals bettors. The OVER/UNDER is 7-2-1 in the last 10 games between the teams.

The Thunder will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 32-22 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Lakers are 28-24 ATS. Oklahoma City is 27-27 against the total, while Los Angeles is 27-23-2 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Lakers as 10.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 206, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

The Lakers sit at No. 29 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Thunder are at No. 1 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Thunder will win this game 101-90.

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 98-95 winner as they battled the Trail Blazers on the road. The Thunder covered in the match as a 1-point favorite, while 193 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Trail Blazers were burned for 36 points by Kevin Durant on Tuesday as the Thunder picked up a 98-95 win at Rose Garden.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 96-79 loser at home against the Jazz. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (175) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Chris Kaman poured in 25 points and chipped in with 14 rebounds in a losing cause for Los Angeles on Tuesday, as the Jazz rolled to a 96-79 victory over Los Angeles at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Thunder rank No. 5 in the league with 45.46 per game. That compares with Los Angeles’s No. 20 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA’s No. 5-ranked team at 9.13 per game, while the Thunder rate No. 17 with 7.35 per contest.

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Miami, Thursday, February 20th
Los Angeles home to Houston, Wednesday, February 19th