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Thunder Lakers Game 4 Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers were facing an 0-3 series hole Friday until Kobe Bryant delivered them, hitting all 18 free throws in a Game 3 Lakers victory.

They host Oklahoma City again on Saturday at STAPLES Center and are small favorites to do it again. But can they hold off the youthful Thunder again? Many bettors don't think so according to the NBA consensus betting data.

The Lakers currently sports a record of 41-25, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 27-39 ATS. The Thunder are 47-19 and 35-31 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Lakers post a 37-29 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Thunder have gone 31-35 against the number.

View Oklahoma City vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Los Angeles opened as 2-point favorites at Bovada, while the NBA total was set at 190 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 7 (Lakers) and the No. 2 (Thunder) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 104-100 result in favor of the Thunder is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 15-ranked offense (97.3 PPG) against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 17 at 96.9 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 45.7% from the field per game, less than the Thunder have managed so far this season (47.1% on average).

Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 97.6 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 99-96 loser as they battled the Lakers on the road. The Thunder earned a push in the match as a 3-point underdog, while 195 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Kevin Durant was dynamite, scoring 31 points and adding 5 rebounds but Los Angeles still won, 99-96, over Oklahoma City on Friday at STAPLES Center.

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 8-2
After playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After a win are 4-6


A few Thunder at Lakers trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Oklahoma City is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 13-2 SU in their last 15 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 8 games at home
LA Lakers are 17-8 SU in their last 25 games when playing Oklahoma City

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to LA Lakers, Monday, May 21
LA Lakers at Oklahoma City, Monday, May 21