Lakers at Thunder 1/17/19 - NBA Picks & Predictions
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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA: 9:30 PM EST
Jan. 17, 2019
The Los Angeles Lakers will look for a second straight win on Thursday as they travel to play the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers defeated the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday 107-100 for just the fourth win since LeBron James injured his groin. Lonzo Ball led the Lakers with 19 points while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17.
Oklahoma City lost its last outing 142-126 on the road against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. The Thunder gave up 45 points in the second quarter to trail at the half 70-59. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 31 points and 11 assists, while Paul George scored 24 points.
LeBron James leads the Lakers in scoring, rebounding and assists with averages of 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. Kyle Kuzma is the second leading scorer with an average of 18.7 points per game. Five Lakers average double figures in scoring. Los Angeles is shooting 47.0% from the field and 33.4% from three-point territory.
Paul George is the leading scorer for the Thunder averaging 26.6 points per game. Russell Westbrook is the second leading scorer and leader in rebounds and assists with averages of 21.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game. The Thunder is shooting 45.7% from the field and 32.8% from 3-point territory.
Recent Betting Trends:
Los Angeles is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8
The UNDER has cashed in each of the Lakers last 5 versus Northwest teams
Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5
The OVER has cashed in 5 of the Thunder’s last 6 at home
Free Betting Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -10
Oklahoma City has covered the number in 16 of the last 21 on its home court against the Lakers and 10 of the last 14 overall against Los Angeles. Without LeBron James on the road, the leadership and inexperience on the part of the Lakers will be evident and the Thunder should win easily by double-digits. Final Score Prediction, Oklahoma City Thunder win and cover ATS 118-104.