On Tuesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers in the second of a three-game road trip. Oklahoma City comes into this game in 12th place in the Western Conference, while the No. 13-seeded Lakers are directly behind the Thunder in the standings with a record of 25-29.
As one of the NBA’s younger teams, the Thunder hasn’t done anything particularly noteworthy this season, but what this young group has accomplished in 2023 has been rather astounding. They have a 120.7 Offensive Rating since the beginning of the year. This rating surpasses their rating of 110.5 in the first 36 games and is the highest in the NBA throughout that time period.
The offensive success of Oklahoma City has been greatly thanks to Gilgeous-Alexander. He has played in 48 games this season, scoring 31.0 points on 50.8% of his shots, with those percentages rising to 31.3 and 52.7% since the start of the new year. SGA has a strong support system in place. The Thunder have one of the deeper offensive lineups in the NBA with nine players on the roster averaging at least 7.8 points per game this year.
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The Lakers’ season has been rocky so far and has been characterized by inconsistency. The last two games for Los Angeles have highlighted that inconsistent play. The Lakers defeated the Pacers 112-111 last Thursday, but that performance was immediately followed by a defeat to the Pelicans in which the Lakers gave up 131 points.
Although the Lakers haven’t been accustomed to giving up 131 points this season, the game did highlight some obvious defensive shortcomings. Since January 16th, the Lakers have played 11 games, during which time they have recorded a Defensive Rating of 117.9. During that 11-game run, LA’s opponents averaged 120.82 points per game thanks to that shoddy defense.
The fact that one offense is rising upward and one defense is trending downward makes this clash particularly intriguing, and as a result, the game will feature a lot of action. The Lakers’ defense currently has too many unanswered questions, while the Thunder’s offense is exploding.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers Game Information
- Date: 02/07/2023
- Time: 10:00 PM ET
- Location: Crypto.com Arena.
- How to Watch Thunder vs Lakers: NBC Sports Boston
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Thunder vs Lakers Betting Lines
Lakers are –255 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $39.22. On the other side, Thunder are +208 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $208.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Lakers at a 71.83% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Thunder have 32.47% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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