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Pointspread favors Thunder in battle with Lakers

Los Angeles LakersOklahoma City Thunder
22-42March 13, 2014, 09:30 | Chesapeake Energy Arena47-17

The Thunder will try to cover the spread at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday when they get a visit from the Lakers in basketball action.

The Lakers will try to spoil the party on Thursday; they are 35-29 ATS against the number this season, while the Thunder are 35-28-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Los Angeles is 36-26-2 on the totals; Oklahoma City is 33-31.View Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds and Stats.

The Lakers were listed as 16.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 228 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

This game matches up the No. 4 (Thunder) and the No. 29 (Lakers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 102-90 result in favor of the Thunder is predicted by handicapping models.

In their last action, Oklahoma City was a 106-98 winner at home against the Rockets. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (204) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Houston was victimized by Kevin Durant for 42 points as the Thunder defeated the Rockets 106-98 in NBA action on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Oklahoma City's No. 6-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 24-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Oklahoma City rates No. 16 in the league with 7.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 9.47 per outing.

Next up:
Los Angeles at San Antonio, Friday, March 14th
Oklahoma City home to Dallas, Sunday, March 16th