The Los Angeles Lakers (11-8) travel to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder (11-6) on Thursday, November 30th. This game will be played at Paycom Center in Paycom Center and televised on BSO. The Lakers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Thunder are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pistons. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Lakers vs Thunder
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
The Lakers picked up a win over the Pistons in their latest game, finishing with a score of 133-107. As the second half got underway, the Lakers were leading by a score of 65-48.
Today, the Lakers are entering the action with an overall record of 11-8 and have achieved a 2-1 record over their last three games. Away from their home court, the Lakers have a 4-6 record this season, in contrast to their 7-2 record at home.
Los Angeles has an overall ATS record of 8-11 for the season so far. Los Angeles has gone 5-6 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 3-5 when playing as underdogs.
The Thunder Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Thunder’s most recent matchup against the Timberwolves saw Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lead the Thunder with 32 points while shooting 13/22 from the field. Chet Holmgren finished 2nd on the team with 16 points, but Oklahoma City ended the game with a 106-103 loss.
Facing the Lakers today, the Thunder look to maintain their record above .500, which currently stands at 11-6. In their 17 games, the Thunder have gone 5-5 against Western Conference teams and 6-1 in non-conference action.
Oklahoma City has an overall ATS record of 13-4 as they come into today’s game. This season, Oklahoma City has a 6-2 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 7-2 when playing as underdogs.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Los Angeles has recorded an average of 112.9 points per game (16th) throughout 19 games games. In terms of pace, the Lakers are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.7 possessions per game. Despite this up-tempo style of basketball, the unit is still a below average group in made fields goals per contest, averaging just 41.8 made shots per game.
Thunder Offense Breakdown
The Thunder arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 118.6 points per game (6th). So far, the Thunder are averaging 99.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Even though the team has preferred to play at a slower pace, their effective field goal percentage of 56% has helped them with their overall scoring numbers.
Lakers Team Defense
Los Angeles’ defense is currently in line with the NBA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 113.3 points per game.
Opponents are hitting 51.8% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.4% of their three-point attempts.
Thunder Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Thunder defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 35.3% of their games. Currently, they are 9th in the NBA at 110.9 points per game allowed.
Opponents are hitting 49.7% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 34.9% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Lakers And Thunder
In today’s game, our projections have LeBron James leading the Lakers with 23 points on 8/14 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 25.1 points per game, in addition to 7.6 rebounds.
On the other side, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is our projected leading scorer for the Thunder. We have him ending the game with a team-high 21 and grabbing 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 53.8% and is averaging 30.5 points per contest.
Lakers vs Thunder Trends
- Across their last five road contests, Los Angeles has been good against the spread posting a mark of 4-1. Their overall mark in these games was 4-1, while averaging 115 points per game.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Oklahoma City has an ATS record of 5-0 while averaging 121 per game. The team went 4-1 overall in these games.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Lakers have gone 5-5 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-8.
- Oklahoma City has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 3-0 SU and 3-0 ATS in their last three games.
In this Thunder vs. Thunder matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Lakers at +7. While we project the Thunder to win 115-112, our recommendation is to bet on the Lakers for the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 230.5 and our model has the Lakers and Thunder finishing with a combined 227 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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