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Thunder Game 1 Chalk vs Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are underdogs on the NBA lines at the sportsbooks for Monday night as they open up their second-round Western Conference series on the road in Oklahoma City.

The Lakers won and covered the spread in their last game against the Thunder back on April 22, but they were 0-3 both SU and ATS in the previous three matchups between the Western contenders.

The Thunder bring a 47-19 record (35-31 ATS) to the battle against the 41-25 Lakers, who are 27-39 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oklahoma City go 31-35 so far and the Lakers go 37-29.

View LA Lakers vs Oklahoma City Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Thunder in this one will find them as 6-point favorites at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 193 over at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 7-rated Lakers taking on the No. 2-rated Thunder in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 104-100 win for the Thunder on Monday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oklahoma City's No. 3-ranked offense (103.1 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 15 at 95.9 PPG. The Thunder have averaged 47.1% from the field per game, more than the Lakers have managed so far this season (45.7% on average).

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 18-rated defense on the road, allowing 99 points per game. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 96-87 winner as they battled the Nuggets at home. The Lakers covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 183 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Denver was victimized for 23 points and 17 rebounds by Pau Gasol as the Lakers defeated the Nuggets 96-87 in NBA action on Saturday.

In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 103-97 winner on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (200) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Thunder got a 29-point performance from James Harden as Oklahoma City ran past Dallas 103-97 on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing LA Lakers are 7-3
After playing Dallas are 6-4
After a win are 6-4


A few Lakers at Thunder trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 19-6 SU in their last 25 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 7 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 12 of the LA Lakers last 17 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 10 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games when playing LA Lakers

Next up:
LA Lakers at Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 16
Oklahoma City home to LA Lakers, Wednesday, May 16