Lakers vs. Thunder - 3/1/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (32-27) at Los Angeles Lakers (16-41)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers play Sunday at the STAPLES Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last four games and end a three-game road trip. On the season, OKC is averaging 101.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 99.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Serge Ibaka is averaging 14.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while Anthony Morrow is averaging 9.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. D.J. Augustin is dishing 3.6 assists and Mitch McGary is grabbing six rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are once again one of the more banged up teams in the league and are walking on thin ice. The Thunder must figure things out quickly and heal up before things get a little scary for this team. Russell Westbrook and Enes Kanter are questionable for this game with injuries.
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The Los Angeles Lakers look to win a fourth straight game. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 99.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting and are allowing 106 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds while Jordan Hill is averaging 12.3 points and 7.9 rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.5 assists and Wayne Ellington is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers have allowed less than 100 points in two straight games and are allowing 43.2 percent shooting in their last five games. The Lakers still have their work cut out for them but have played some decent ball during this three-game winning streak. Nick Young is questionable for this game with a knee injury.
The Thunder are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Pacific and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Lakers are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Thunder are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and the home team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
No Westbrook and no Durant. The best play would probably be to lay off this game but given the circumstances, I'm taking the points and the home team.