Date/Time: December 13th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Oklahoma City -13
Two teams going in completely opposite directions at the moment meet in NBA betting action on Friday night in the Sooner State, where the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
G Kobe Bryant is back, but it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference right now for what is turning out to be an awfully bad team by Western Conference standards. LA has been beaten by both the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors at home, both of which are games which should be won. Now after this game, it’s off to the East Coast, and though the quality of foe should be bad, the Lakers might not be in all that much better shape than they are in right now because of it. Bryant has put up 29 points in two games since his return. He has yet to hit a three-point shot, which does remain a bit concerning. There are three others on the team who are averaging at least 13 points per game this year and four others averaging at least nine points per game, but it feels like everyone is being limited just a bit with the Black Mamba back on the court.
Oklahoma City has four straight wins and covers, and these have been awfully impressive victories. Yes, the Thunder were the favorites in each of those games, but they knocked off the Indiana Pacers by 24 points and most recently beat the Memphis Grizzlies on the road 116-100. Dropping 116 on the Grizzlies is no easy task, and in that game, OKC shot the ball nearly 60% from the field, as impressive of a number as you’ll see in the NBA. G Russell Westbrook has scored at least 25 points in three of these games, he has had at least six boards in three of those four games, and he has at least nine assists in three of those four as well. He also has two games in this stretch with four steals. F Kevin Durant has at least 29 points in three of the four games, at least four assists in three of the four games, and at least eight boards in three of the four games.
If the Thunder can go on the road and beat the Grizzlies by 16, there is no doubt they can play at home and win by two touchdowns against an LA team which just looks like a mess. Perhaps keeping Kobe happy and getting him the ball will help out tremendously, but that definitely is no guarantee in life. The Thunder are the far safer bet, as we think they’ll ultimately win by 20 when push comes to shove. Oklahoma City 112 – Los Angeles 96
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