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NBA: LA Lakers vs Thunder Prediction 12/23/2023

The Los Angeles Lakers (15-14) travel to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder (18-8) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Paycom Center. The Thunder are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Lakers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Clippers. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.

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The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their most recent game, the Lakers tell to the Timberwolves by a score of 118-111. In the face of their straight-up loss, the Lakers did coverthe spread as +8 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 222 points in which the two teams surpassed.

So far this season, the Lakers are 15-14 overall and are determined to stay above .500. In non-conference play, they are 3-5 and have gone 12-9 against Western Conference teams.

Los Angeles comes in with an overall ATS record of 12-17 so far this season. When playing on the road, the Lakers hold an ATS record of 6-10 in contrast to a 6-7 record against the spread when playing at home.

The Thunder Are Coming Off A Win

The Thunder clinched a 134-115 win over the Clippers in their previous game. The start of the second half saw the Thunder in the lead, at 64-59.

Coming into today’s game vs. the Lakers, the Thunder are 18-8 overall and are above .500. In Western Conference games, they are 12-7 and they are 6-1 in non-conference games.

Oklahoma City has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 19-7 against the spread. On the road, the Thunder have an ATS record of 9-3 compared to a 10-4 record vs. the spread at home.

Lakers Offense Breakdown

The Lakers come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 113.5 points per game. In terms of pace, the Lakers are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.6 possessions per game. The team’s offense could be a candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only do they generate an above-average number of possessions, but they are near the top of the league in made 2-point field goals per game.

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Coming into today’s action, Oklahoma City is averaging 120.7 points per contest. This figure places them 5th in the league. Coming into today’s game, the Thunder will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.6 made 3’s per game. Although Oklahoma City has struggled with their outside shot, they have done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 12 turnovers per game.

Lakers Team Defense

On defense, Lakers is currently around the league average in points allowed, giving up an average of 114.0 points per game.

Inside the arc, the Lakers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 52.0% and 37.6% from three-point territory.

Thunder Team Defense

Currently, the Thunder’s defense holds the 13 rank in the NBA, allowing 113.0 points per game.

Opponents are hitting 50.6% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 35.8% of their three-point attempts.

Key Players For The Lakers And Thunder

In today’s game, we anticipate Anthony Davis leading the scoring for the Lakers, contributing 18 points while shooting 7/12 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 24.3 points per game, along with 12.4 rebounds.

On the flip side, our predictions place Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the leading scorer for the Thunder. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 22 while also collecting 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 53.4% and is averaging 30.7 points per contest.

Lakers vs Thunder Trends

  • Across the Lakers last ten road games, the team averaged 114 points per game while allowing 120. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 4-6, while going 4-6 straight-up.
  • Through their last ten home games, Oklahoma City has an ATS record of just 7-3. However, their overall record was 6-4 while averaging 117 points per game.
  • Going back to their last five games as the underdog, the Lakers have a straight up record of 1-4. But, their mark vs the spread was just 2-3.
  • The Thunder have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.

Lakers vs Thunder Prediction

We’re calling a win for the Thunder, with a final score of 117-110, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Thunder at -4.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 238.5 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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