The LA Lakers and the Thunder will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Ford Center Back when the Thunder were 3-29 last NBA betting season, the notion of the playoffs coming to Oklahoma City any time soon was un-imaginable. But it was that same miserable stretch that made general manager Sam Presti confident that coach Scott Brooks was the right man to lead his team into the future.
He has now taken the youngest roster in the league and turned the team into a 50-game winner and a playoff team just one season after the horrendous start. For that best-in-the NBA turnaround, Brooks was recognized Wednesday as the NBA’s coach of the year.
This is the first-time playoff experience for a lot of us, including myself, and you’re playing against one of the best coaches of all sports betting , one of the best players ever and a team that has 1,000 (games of) playoff experience to ours,” the Thunder Coach Brooks said. “But you learn from playing against the best players and the best teams, and we’re going to keep fighting and figuring out ways to beat them.”
The LA Lakers: 57-25 SU, 34-46-2 ATS
The Thunder: 50-32 SU, 48-34 ATS
The LA Lakers lately:
While playing on Thursday’s they are 9-1
Before playing the Thunder they were 9-1 After playing the Thunder they are 7-3
After a win they are 5-5
The Thunder lately:
While playing on Thursday’s they are 4-6
Before playing LA Lakers they were 5-5
After playing LA Lakers they are 2-8
After a loss they are 6-4
The Thunder at home vs the LA Lakers, on Saturday, April 24
The LA Lakers are slight 51 percent favorites over the Thunder. The Lakers are shooting 44.5 percent from the field and the Thunder are forecasted to shoot 46 percent. The rebounding battle is pretty even with the Lakers projected for 42.8 rebounds vs. 42.1 for the Thunder. The Lakers are committing fewer turnovers at 13.2 vs 14.6 for the Thunder. The Lakers are making 5.5 three pointers on 34.4 percent from three point range. The Thunder are making 4.3 three pointers on 31.6 percent.
SBG Global.com have the lines at present for the Thunder at -3 1/2 and the Total –Over/Under at 191 1/2 and the Thunder are -170 and the LA Lakers +150 on the MoneyLine.