NBA Betting Odds news… The Lakers lead the Series 1-0 and hope for a better sustained effort against the Thunder which they deployed for one quarter in the opener, then they lost their energy the rest of the game. The LA Lakers never lost the lead and did not win another quarter and let the Thunder get within 6 points with 3 ½ minutes left in the game.
The Thunder will be looking for its first playoff win since moving from Seattle two years ago in Game 2 at Staples Center on Tuesday night. The Thunder played tentatively in the early going of Game 1, not surprising for the NBA’s youngest team. Hopefully in the second game the nerves will be relaxed and they can play more effective from the beginning of the game. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said his team can’t defend any better than it did in the opener, but our offense must improve.
The Thunder have the league’s top scorer in Kevin Durant, the most underrated point guard in the planet in Russell Westbrook and a better-than-decent supporting cast that knows their roles.
The LA Lakers have problems on several fronts – Kobe Bryant (injured finger), Andrew Bynum (Achilles tendon), Lamar Odom (shoulder), Jordan Farmar (hamstring), Luke Walton (back) and now Sasha Vujacic (sprained ankle). Only Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher appear healthy.
The LA Lakers are solid 74.4 percent favorites over the Thunder. The Thunder are shooting 42.7 percent from the field and the LA Lakers are forecasted to shoot 45.4 percent. The LA Lakers have the rebounding advantage at 45.9 to 40.5. The LA Lakers are committing fewer turnovers at 12.7 vs 15.2 for the Thunder. The Thunder are making 4.1 three pointers on 30.4 percent from three point range. The LA Lakers are making 5.1 three pointers on 32.9 percent.
NBA Odds Makers have the lines at present have the LA Lakers at -6 1/2 and the Total –Over/Under at 189 and the LA Lakers are -285 and the Trail Blazers are +245 on the MoneyLine.
The Thunder: 50-32 SU, 48-34 ATS
The LA Lakers: 57-25 SU, 34-46-2 ATS
The Thunder more recently:
While playing on Tuesday’s they are 5-5
Before playing the LA Lakers they were 6-4
After playing the LA Lakers they are 2-8
After a loss they are 7-3
The LA Lakers more recently:
While playing on Tuesday’s they are 7-3
Before playing the Thunder they were 9-1
After playing the Thunder they are 6-4
After a win they are 5-5
The Thunder are home to the LA Lakers, on Thursday, April 22