Injuries Could Play Big Role in Lakers-Thunder Matchup

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, February 4, 2018 3:44 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 3:44 PM UTC

The banged-up Lakers are catching the Thunder in a little funk, so let's check out teaser value for your NBA picks in one of the day's final events before the Super Bowl.

Sunday NBA: Lakers vs. ThunderFree NBA Teaser Pick: Thunder -4½ and Over 214½Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Lakers got a win on the road over the Nets two nights ago, and while they had been struggling before that, they might go right back to struggling today against the Thunder. OKC is coming off three straight losses, and while that is a bit concerning, the Lakers have some injuries and that could be the turning point in this one.

If Brandon Ingram doesn’t play, that could hurt the Lakers' chances of coming away with a win or covering in this one -- and they are big road favorites on the NBA odds board. If he misses, the Lakers will have a lot of trouble slowing down Paul George, and without Lonzo Ball, there is no way they are stopping George.

However, with the way the Lakers have been struggling, I can’t recommend laying the points outright. However, back in Oklahoma City, if we can tease the Thunder down to -4½, I like those odds along with the over for my NBA picks.

The Thunder have cashed the over in six of their last eight games, and the Lakers have cashed in four of their last six. Even in the early afternoon game, I like teasing down the total to 214½ as the second leg of our teaser.

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