The Oklahoma City Thunder (36-37) take to the road to face the LA Lakers (36-37) on Friday at the Crypto.com Arena. The Oklahoma City Thunder rank 11th in the Western Conference, two positions behind the ninth-placed LA Lakers. The LA Lakers are favorites, but the Oklahoma City Thunder won’t go down easy. The visitors look up for a fight as they plot to beat the oddsmakers at their own game and bag a crucial win at the Crypto.com Arena.
Form LA Lakers
The LA Lakers have won 6-4 out of their last ten games, most recently prevailing with a 122-111 score against the Phoenix Suns. At home this season, they have gone 20-17, with seven out of the last ten contests at the Crypto.com Arena resulting in a victory.
The LA Lakers have one of the NBA’s most potent offenses. Entering Friday’s game, the hosts are averaging an impressive 116.5 points per game. Defensively, the LA Lakers have been performing exceptionally well recently. During their last five matchups, they have yielded an average of 109.8 points per game, which is considerably lower than their overall average of 116.7 PPG.
The pressure is now on as the LA Lakers enter the final part of the regular season. With a 36-37 record across their 73 games up to now, the hosts rank fifth in the Pacific Division. They hope to better their record going into the final games of the campaign.
LeBron James and Mohamed Bamba are both set to miss the game.
Form Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to get back on track after suffering a setback in their last game, going down 127-105 against the LA Clippers. Form has looked good, with seven wins in ten matches. Their overall record for this season is 36-37.
The average points scored by Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA this season is 117.5. When playing away from home, the visitors have put up 113.7 points. On the other side of the floor, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been middle-of-the-pack in defense. They’ve given up 116.4 points in their past five outings and 116.3 points on average for the season.
As the Oklahoma City Thunder enter the last stretch of the regular season, there is a certain level of expectation to perform. With a 36-37 record across their 73 games up to now, the visitors are holding a firm third place in the Northwest Division. Looking ahead, they hope to improve their record before the season is over.
Kenrich Williams, Aleksej Pokusevski, and Chet Holmgren are set to miss the Oklahoma City Thunder game due to injuries.
In their last matchup, the LA Lakers emerged victorious with a score of 117-123 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game took place at the Paycom Center on March 2023. The LA Lakers have enjoyed the upper hand over the Oklahoma City Thunder from their previous ten matchups. The home side celebrated six wins to go 6-4 in this series and will look to continue their dominance at the Crypto.com Arena.
The LA Lakers managed an average of 115.5 points a game in their ten most recent outings against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who averaged 110.5 points.
Bet365 offers the betting odds for the LA Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder matchup.To see the complete list of available wagers
- Moneyline (ML): Oklahoma City Thunder (+180) | LA Lakers (-220)
- Against the spread (ATS): Oklahoma City Thunder +5.5 (-110) | LA Lakers -5.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 232.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Go for the LA Lakers to win (1.45) on the moneyline.
The LA Lakers go into Friday’s game with the advantage, being given -220 odds. This suggests there is a 69% chance of the hosts coming out victorious. They have been successful in seven out of the last ten games at the Crypto.com Arena, and their last game saw them beat the Phoenix Suns 122-111. The Oklahoma City Thunder are not favored to get the win in their next game after suffering a 127-105 loss to the LA Clippers in their last outing. In their last 10 matches, they have held a 7-3 record, keeping them in decent form. However, the odds are against them with +180, making them the clear underdogs for this road trip.
If you are looking to bet on the upcoming match at the Crypto.com Arena, the LA Lakers offer -220 to win outright and are the better option of the two teams. Their record in their last ten matches is 6-4, and for the season, 36-37.
Against the Spread
Betting on the LA Lakers -5.5 (1.91) is our favorite play for this matchup.
The Crypto.com Arena opens up to the LA Lakers as the 5.5-point favorites over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The LA Lakers were victorious in three out of their last five home encounters in this series. The average margin of victory was 9.0 points.
The LA Lakers are 19-18 ATS at the Crypto.com Arena this season and 35-36-1 ATS overall. The LA Lakers tread the edge, covering in just five of their last ten nail-biting face-offs. They put away 113.3 points on average, limiting opponents to 109.1 points.
On the road, the Oklahoma City Thunder have gone 21-13-1 ATS. Their record for the season itself is 44-26-2 ATS. When playing against teams from the Pacific Division, the Oklahoma City Thunder have had a 186-166 record in 352 showdowns. On average, they scored 104.1 points per game and allowed 103.5 points per game.
Take the Total over 232.5 (1.91) for the best over/under bet
The LA Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder had an exciting encounter that saw the scoreboard register over 222 points, coming close to the 226-point mark. Over the last ten matches, the average points scored per game was 226.
The total line is set at 232.5. The LA Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s combined points total has not exceeded this 232.5 line in seven of their last ten matchups. Betting Under on the Total market returns odds of -110.
At the Crypto.com Arena, the LA Lakers have a record of 15-21 O/U against the total for the season, with an overall score of 34-37 O/U. The LA Lakers have had a record of 18-12 O/U when facing teams from the Northwest division in their most recent matchups and 3-6 O/U in their last ten games overall.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have gone 19-16 O/U against the total away from home. Their record for the season is 41-29 O/U. The total averaged 228.8 points across the past 10 Oklahoma City Thunder games, going under three times.