This contest features two superstars in Kobe Bryant for LA and Kevin Durant for Oklahoma. Look for a high-scoring affair when the Thunder play host to the Lakers.

This will be another Lakers win. The mystery lies in the final score which should be a doozy given the offensive and defensive numbers presented to us tonight.

The Lakers are 34-21-1 to the over this season. On the road they’ve got a 15-10-1 mark to the high side. In the 223-228 totals range, Kobe and Company are 2-0 in the past 10 games, no wonder given that the Lake Show is averaging nearly 109 points per game. Their opponent tonight, the Oklahoma City Thunder, is allowing over 104 points per game.

Los Angeles is 10-1-1 to the Over in their last 12 road games and have topped the total to the tune of 7-2-1 in their last 10 games in the role of the favorite. When the Lakers take a night off defensively it usually makes the Under a very solid value. LA can’t keep up the intensity every night, especially playing against a team like the Thunder. They showed signs of a letdown against Minnesota on Sunday and the same thing could happen tonight.

Coming off their mediocre performance against Minnesota, I expect a better effort tonight from Phil Jackson’s club. I also think the Kobe and Kevin Durant showdown could produce more than a few points as well.

Free Pick: Lakers-Thunder Over 222½ (-110)