Los Angeles Lakers (8-3) at Oklahoma City Thunder (5-4)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +8.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been in stellar form this season as they’ve won nine of their first 12 games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after blowing past the Rockets in a 117-100 road win last night. LeBron James led the team with 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Anthony Davis added 19 points with 10 rebounds and five blocks while Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell each scored 14 points. As a team, the Lakers shot 50 percent from the field and 14 of 32 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with a dominant 35-14 first quarter before cruising the rest of the way as they led by as many as 30 points.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in nice form lately as they’ve won four of their last six games, but they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after getting stopped by the Spurs in a 112-102 loss last night. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 20 points on seven of 10 shooting, Hamidou Diallo added 16 points off the bench while Darius Bazley and Luguentz Dort each scored 12 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 43 percent from the field and seven of 26 from the 3-point line as they hustled to stay within single digits for most of the game, but they were just trading down the stretch as there was no stopping the Spurs who scored 32 points in the fourth quarter.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on zero days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record. The Thunder are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games, 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Oklahoma City, the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Lakers are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Lakers have been the benchmark of the league and they’re full of confidence after blowing out the Rockets twice in a row, but they could be shorthanded for this one as Anthony Davis is currently listed as questionable with a toe injury. Given that the Lakers are playing on the second night of a back to back, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Davis was simply rested for this one, but the Lakers still should have more than enough to take down the streaky Thunder.