Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 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: 225 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking for revenge tonight as they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to town.
The Lakers were able to snap a horrific three-game skid where they allowed an average of 136 points by shocking the league and beating the Thunder by 114-110 on Sunday. Jodie Meeks erupted for a career-high 42 points while Pau Gasol added 20 points as the Lakers broke the game on a 36-19 third quarter and improved to 22-42 despite a triple-double from Kevin Durant. Unfortunately, the win came with some frustrating news as Laker fans learned that Kobe Bryant is officially shut down for the rest of the season.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder have won four of their last six and were able to recover from that big upset against Lakers by taking down the Rockets by 106-98 on Tuesday. Durant led the way with 42 points, including five three pointers, while Russell Westbrook added 24 points in a grudge match against Patrick Beverley. Defensively, the Thunder couldn't do much to slow down James Harden who finished with 28 points, but they did a great job of holding Dwight Howard to just nine points which really allowed them to stay out on the Rockets' shooters. With the win, Oklahoma City improve to 47-17 and 27-6 at home.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Thunder are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Oklahoma City and the Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
The Lakers have only won two of the last nine regular season meetings against the Thunder and I don't think this one will be number three. OKC probably overlooked the Lakers in their last meeting because the Rockets game meant so much more to them, but I'm sure they will bounce back and get some payback tonight.