NBA Picks & Predictions for Lakers vs. Thunder

Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:54 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 12:54 PM UTC

Kevin Durant and the Thunder will be out for blood tonight after losing to the Lakers last week. What kind of value is out there in the NBA odds for this game?

<p><b>Odds Overview</b></p> <p>Depending on the sportsbook, the Thunder are favored by either 16 or 16.5 points, while we've got an exceptionally high total of 227.5 on <a href="/nba-basketball/odds-scores/" title="Check out where the lines are at on the NBA betting odds board" target="_blank">the NBA betting board</a>. Oklahoma City is 47-17 SU and 35-28-1 ATS, with Los Angeles at 22-42 SU and 34-29-1 ATS.</p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":258363, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>Los Angeles Lakers</b></p> <p>The Lakers have actually been off since that 114-110 <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-thunder-vs-lakers-a-37943/" title="NBA Picks for Thunder vs. Lakers" target="_blank">home win over the Thunder</a> back on Sunday.</p> <p>It was a historic night for Jodie Meeks, who put up a career-high 42 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Pau Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Ryan Kelly posted a 12/8/5 line, and Kent Bazemore hit numerous clutch shots down the stretch.</p> <p>It was Los Angeles' first win in four games, though they have gone a more respectable 3-3 SU (4-2 ATS) in their past six contests overall. That includes <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/lakers-vs-trail-blazers-go-under-our-nba-picks-a-37770/" title="Lakers vs. Trail Blazers to go Under for our NBA Picks" target="_blank">a solid road win (107-106) over the Trail Blazers</a>.</p> <p>Though the Lakers are just 11-22 SU on the road this season, they've gone a profitable 19-14 against the spread. They could be in for a long night though against a motivated Thunder squad, especially since Mike D'Antoni's team has allowed 124.8 PPG over their last five.</p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="The Oklahoma City Thunder are favored on the NBA betting odds board against the Los Angeles Lakers, are you going to be favoring them for your NBA picks?" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="" style="font-size:1em" title="The Oklahoma City Thunder are favored on the NBA betting odds board against the Los Angeles Lakers, are you going to be favoring them for your NBA picks?" />In terms of injuries, Kobe Bryant was recently ruled out for the rest of the season, Steve Nash is out indefinitely, while Nick Young (knee) is doubtful and Jordan Hill (knee) is questionable for tonight's contest.</p> <p><b>Oklahoma City Thunder</b></p> <p>After a disappointing little road trip which saw them lose to the Suns (122-128) and Lakers (110-114), the Thunder righted the ship with a 106-98 win over James Harden and the Rockets on Tuesday night.</p> <p>The usual suspects brought their A games once again. Kevin Durant had 42 points on 12-of-22 shooting and added five rebounds and five assists, while Russell Westbrook (24/7/4) and Serge Ibaka (12 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks) brought it too.</p> <p>Despite that win, it's been a little alarming to see how much Oklahoma City has struggled as of late. They're 4-5 SU (3-5-1 ATS) over their last nine, with home losses against the Heat, Clippers and Cavaliers.</p> <p>The chemistry has been broken with <a href="/nba-basketball/injuries/" title="Check out the current NBA injuries report" target="_blank">injuries to two starters</a> in Thabo Sefolosha (calf) and Kendrick Perkins (groin). They may not be star players by any stretch of the imagination, but both play important roles, and we've seen the Thunder struggle to adjust.</p> <p>It shouldn't matter much against the Lakers though. We should see another dominant display from the trio of Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka, and we have a hard time foreseeing any other kind of outcome other than a blowout Oklahoma City win.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Shop Around for 2013-14 NBA Championship Betting Futures" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>Compare 2013-14 NBA Championship Betting Futures</em></a></p> <p><b>NBA Pick</b></p> <p>In our eyes, no number is too high for tonight's game. The Thunder have a point to prove tonight and they should cruise to a blowout win.</p> <p>Not only is Oklahoma City back on track after an impressive win over the Rockets on Tuesday, they've been practically unstoppable at home, where they're 27-6 SU and 18-14-1 ATS. The Thunder are also 36-7 SU and 24-18-1 ATS when playing on one day of rest this season.</p> <p>The Lakers have recorded a couple good wins recently, but we still have no confidence in them for tonight. They're going to have to play really well to even stay close, and we just don't see it happening. Take the Thunder to cover the huge number for <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/thursday-s-top-nba-picks-the-day-a-38067/" title="Thursday's Top NBA Picks of the Day" target="_blank">our basketball picks</a>.</p> <p><b>NBA Pick: </b>Thunder -16</p>
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