Amazingly, the Oklahoma City Thunder are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 home games, and one of those ATS losses was a SU win. Look for a huge effort vs. the Lakers tonight.
We have been praising the Oklahoma City Thunder as money-making machines for most of this season, especially at home, and we feel that they will pass the acid test on Tuesday by staying inside the number vs. the team with the best record in basketball, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now the Thunder will have the obvious emotional edge here, as they would love to knock off the Lakers in front of their home fans while the Lakers will in all likelihood take Oklahoma City lightly. However, is that enough for a team with a 13-43 record to give the Lakers a hard time?
Well, the Thunder may not be having much success on the court, but their supporters have not minded one bit as Oklahoma City has the third best record in the NBA against the spread at 34-21-1, 61.8 percent.
Furthermore, that does not tell the whole story as they have been a virtual ATM machine at home lately, going an unbelievable 14-2 ATS (9-7 straight up) in their last 16 home games! Moreover, one of those two ATS losses was a straight up win over the Sacramento Kings in a rare favorite role. They are winning their home contests during this 16-game stretch by an average of +3.2 points.
Now the Lakers are obviously a dangerous club, but that is no secret as they are usually overvalued by the oddsmakers. As a result, Showtime is a modest 29-27 ATS this season despite owning a scintillating 46-10 SU record. The Lakers are also winning their road games by an average of +6.9 points per game, which would not be good enough to cover this spot.
Finally, remember that the Thunder only lost to the Lakers by seven points in Los Angeles two weeks ago, and we look for the red-hot Kevin Durant to keep Oklahoma City in this game right until the finish once again.
Free Pick: Thunder +8½ (-110)