L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, OK
The Line: Oklahoma City -12
The Los Angeles Lakers pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to finish off a tough season on a high as they’ve won four of their last five games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after blowing out the Pelicans in a 130-102 road win on Sunday. Rajon Rondo led the team with 24 points, five rebounds and 12 assists, JaVale McGee added 23 points with 16 rebounds and three assists while Alex Caruso scored 23 points with six assists. As a team, the Lakers shot 47 percent from the field and 15 of 38 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by one point at halftime, before blowing the Pelicans out of the water with 44 points in the third quarter. with the easy win, Los Angeles improved to 35-42 overall and 14-25 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a real slump as they’ve lost seven of their last nine games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the shorthanded Mavericks in a 106-103 home loss on Sunday. Paul George led the team with 27 points and 11 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added a triple-double of 25 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists while Steven Adams chipped in with 20 points and 15 rebounds. As a team, the Thunder shot just 38 percent from the field and 11 of 43 from the 3-point line, but the difference between the teams was the bench scoring as the Mavericks’ reserves outscored the Thunder’s by 57-14 as Trey Bruke scorched them with 25 points and eight assists. With the loss, Oklahoma City fell to 44-33 overall and 24-14 at home which is only good for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. The Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 0-7 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings, the home team is 16-6 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall and the Lakers are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The big news is that LeBron has officially been shut down for the rest of the season, so it’s going to be interesting to see what lineups the Lakers will employ to help decide which players will be returning next season. The Thunder are going through their worst slump of the season and it could not have come at a worse time as they’ve fallen all the way down to eighth place in the Western standings, so they will be eager to win this one. The Lakers are just 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City and I think that trend continues in this one as there is just too much at stake for the Thunder to slip up against these shorthanded Lakers.