Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 12/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (12-13) at Los Angeles Lakers (8-17)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +7.5 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers play host the Oklahoma City Thunder on NBA Friday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to have a full roster when they hit the floor tonight as they received a major scare last night when Kevin Durant sprained his ankle in last night's 114-109 loss to the Warriors. Kevin Durant poured in 30 points on 10 of 13 shooting in less than 20 minutes before leaving the game in the second quarter, so it was up to Russell Westbrook to take over and he did that by scoring 33 points and eight assists, but it still wasn't enough in the end as the Warriors climbed on Stephen Curry's back and escaped with the win. The X-rays for Durant's ankle was all clear which is great news, but it would be somewhat of a surprise if he suits up tonight, given how important he is to the team.
USA TODAY Sports
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers were on a season-high three-game win streak on Monday before they got absolutely blown out by the Pacers 110-91. Being the second game of a back to back set, the Lakers just looked sluggish coming out of the gates and got absolutely ambushed 60-27 heading into halftime. Kobe Bryant led the team with 21 points but shot just 8 for 26 from the field, while Nick Young added 18 points, but with the game practically over by halftime, these points mostly came in garbage time. With the loss, LA drops to 8-17 on the season and 5-8 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest, while the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and just 2-6 ATS in their last eight games at home.
Head to head, the Home team is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Over is 4-1 in the last five.
Of course the Thunder are the much better team here, but they played just last night and could be a little sluggish against a Lakers team that hasn't played since Monday night. I know that's not much to go on, but the Lakers have had plenty of time to prepare for this one and should be able to keep the final score respectable if they find a way to slow Westbrook down a bit.