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NBA Thunder vs Lakers Preview and Prediction

Thunder vs Lakers

After clinching the first place of the West with their latest victory, the Lakers (51-15), are facing the Thunder (41-25) today. Oklahoma is eyeing as high as the 4th place of the conference, being just half a game behind the Rockets and Jazz.

Date/Time: 08-05-2020, 18:30 EDT

Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5 Total: +219.5

Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers have a 51-15 record (36-29-1 ATS) and are first in the West. In their last game they won against the Jazz, 116-108, covering the -6 spread.

Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 26.8 ppg and in rebounding with 9.4. He is coming off a monster 42-point game. He isHe isLeBron James adds 25.4 ppg, 8 rebounds and a league-best 10.4 assists.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder have a 41-25 record (41-25 ATS) and are 6th in the West. In their last game they lost against the Nuggets in overtime, 113-121, failing to cover the -5.5 handicap.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team in scoring with 19.4 ppg, adding 6 rebounds per game. Danilo Gallinari adds 19.2 ppg and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Head-to-head

Lakers lead the Thunder 3-0 wins this season.

LA is better both offensively (113.8 to 110.8) and defensively (106.8 to 108.3).

They also have a better FG% (48.2% to 47.3%), while Thunder have a better 3pt% (35.6% to 35.2%).

Lakers are better both in rebounding (45.9 to 42.9) and in assists made (25.6 to 21.8). Thunder commit fewer turnovers (13.6 to 15.1).

Bookmakers give the Lakers a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They are superior and will get away with the win today. 

Thunder vs Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5 (-112)

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