The Oklahoma City Thunder (27-11) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (19-21) on Monday, January 15th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on NBA. 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 Magic. Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET.
Thunder vs Lakers
The Thunder Are Coming Off A Win
The Thunder notched a win against the Magic in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 112-100. As the second half got underway, the Thunder were leading by a score of 49-40.
Coming into today’s game, the Thunder have an overall record of 27-11 and have won their last four games. In non-conference play, the Thunder are 12-3 compared to a 15-8 record against Western Conference teams.
Presently, Oklahoma City boasts an ATS record of 27-11, which is above .500 against the spread. Currently, the Thunder have a three game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 10-4 against the spread as underdogs.
The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Lakers were defeated by the Jazz in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 132-125. The start of the second half saw the Lakers in the lead, at 67-64.
Heading into their matchup with the Thunder, the Lakers are 19-21 overall and are looking to snap a two-game losing skid. On the road, the Lakers have a 6-14 record while going 13-7 at home this season.
Los Angeles has an overall ATS record of 16-24 as they come into today’s game. The Lakers have experienced a three game ATS loss streak as favorites, and they are 7-10 vs. the spread when they are underdogs.
Thunder Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Thunder’s offense is rated 3rd in the league in scoring, averaging 122.5 points per contest.
When it comes to scoring, the Thunder are one of the most prolific teams in the NBA. They are currently 3rd in the league, averaging 122.5 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 120 points per game.
Overall, the Thunder have outscored the NBA scoring average in 76.3% of their games this season. In terms of pace, they are 9th in the league at 100.1 possessions per game.
One area where the Thunder have excelled is their field goal shooting. They are currently 2nd in the NBA, shooting 50% from the field. From three-point range, they are 2nd in three-point shooting percentage at 39%.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
In 40 games games, Los Angeles has an average of 114.1 points per game (19th).
Coming into tonight’s game, the Lakers are 19th in the NBA in scoring at 114.1 points per game. At home, they are averaging 114.6 points compared to 113.6 on the road.
So far this season, the Lakers’ offense has outscored the NBA scoring average in 37.5% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 6th in the league at 100.7 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Lakers are 8th in field goal percentage at 48%. However, they are 30th in three-point attempts and 24th in three-point shooting percentage.
Thunder Team Defense
So far, the Thunder defense is giving up 113.4 points per contest, which has them sitting 13th in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in four straight matchups. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Thunder are forcing 11.6 per game, which is 1st in the league. They also come into the game sitting 1st in blocked shots at 6.4 per game.
Lakers Team Defense
On the defensive side, Lakers is currently hovering around the NBA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 115.8 points per game. Inside the arc, the Lakers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.0% and 38.2% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Thunder And Lakers
In today’s game, our projections have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leading the Thunder with 29 points on 10/19 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 31.5 points per game, in addition to 5.9 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Anthony Davis to be the top scorer for the Lakers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 23, and he is expected to secure 12 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 55.1% and is averaging 25.1 points per contest.
Thunder vs Lakers Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Thunder have a straight up record of 3-2 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team averaged 127 points per game in this stretch.
- In their last five home games, Los Angeles has averaged 116 points per game while allowing 121. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-4 while going 3-2.
- As the betting underdog, the Thunder have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 2-1.
- The last five games that Los Angeles was favored, they have an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 2-3 straight up.
Thunder vs Lakers Prediction
Coming in as the underdogs at +1.5, we have the Thunder as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 238 and given that our model is projecting 235 points between the teams, we like the under.
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