Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/13/13
Los Angeles Lakers (10-11) at Oklahoma City Thunder (17-4)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -9 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers look to get back into the winner's circle when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.
The season was supposed to turn around for the Lakers when Kobe Bryant returned, but after losing to the Raptors on his return game, the Lakers fell again to the Suns by 114-108 on Tuesday. Kobe led the team with 20 points, while Pau Gasol added 19, but the Lakers were outrebounded by 43-33 and had no answer for the Suns' Goran Dragic who torched them for 31 points. I know Kobe is still working the rust off his game so we shouldn't expect too much from him for at least a few weeks, but the Lakers just learned that they will be without Steve Blake for at least six weeks because of an elbow injury that he was playing through, so with Steve Nash already out, expect Kobe to play the point guard position.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder have won 12 of their last 13 games and will be going for their fifth straight win after blowing past the Grizzlies by 116-100 on Wednesday. Kevin Durant had a quiet game of just 18 points, but Russell Westbrook led the way with 27, while the bench combined for 52 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 56 percent from the field and looked as efficient as ever despite playing their second road game in as many nights. With the win, Oklahoma City improve to 17-4 on the season and 7-4 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall, while the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a win.
If you're a true basketball fan like me, you understand how much better I feel now that the Black Mamba is back on the court, but the Lakers have so much work to do and are running into the Thunder at the wrong time. The loss of Blake is massive for the Lakers and I just can't see them sticking with the Thunder in that noisy building. OKC all the way.