Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder - 3/13/14
Los Angeles Lakers (22-42) at Oklahoma City Thunder (47-17)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -16 -- Over/Under: 228.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to return the favor when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. These teams played on Sunday, and the Lakers shocked the betting world by winning SU, 114-110.
The Lakers have been enjoying the time off considering they haven’t played a game since then. They did announce that Kobe Bryant will be shut down the rest of the year, which is no surprise to anyone. In their last six games, which they’ve split, they’re averaging 113.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting and are allowing 124.8 points on 50.9 percent shooting. During that stretch, Pau Gasol has scored at least 20 points in every game. The Lakers are 34-29-1 ATS overall and 19-14 ATS on the road.
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The Thunder rebounded nicely with a 106-98 win over the Rockets on Tuesday. They’ve now won four of their last six games to kind of silence the critics who doubted the return of point guard Russell Westbrook. During this stretch, they’re averaging 115.8 points on 47.9 percent shooting and are allowing 106.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Kevin Durant has scored 42 points twice in his last four games, and he had a triple-double in the last game against the Lakers. The Thunder are 35-28-1 ATS overall and 18-14-1 ATS at home.
The Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Thunder are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four home games. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings between these two teams, while the Lakers are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games played in OKC.
Will the Lakers win once again SU as massive underdogs? Probably not. But keeping it under 16 shouldn’t be an issue. The Lakers come into this game with confidence and are an OK 9-9 ATS as double-digit dogs, while the Thunder are 2-1 ATS when the number is 14 or higher.
The Lakers get paid to play the game just like anyone else, and they’ll show up on national TV to keep this matchup somewhat competitive.