free pick Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers 4-18-10

April 18, 2010


The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at STAPLES Center.

Oddsmakers currently have the Lakers listed as 7½-point favorites versus the Thunder, while the game’s total is sitting at 196½.

The Thunder jumped out to an early lead as the rode past the Grizzlies 114-105 on Wednesday. The Thunder covered the 8.5-point spread, while the 219 points sailed OVER the posted total of 209.

Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 31 points to power the Thunder.

The Lakers were defeated 107-91 by the Clippers in their regular-season finale last time out. The Lakers were 7-point favorites in that game, while the 198 points made it OVER the posted total of 194.

Pau Gasol had 18 points and 17 rebounds for a double-double in the loss.

Team records:
Oklahoma City: 50-32 SU, 48-34 ATS
Los Angeles: 57-25 SU, 34-46-2 ATS

Oklahoma City most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 1-9
After a win are 5-5

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Oklahoma City are 10-0
After playing LA Clippers are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oklahoma City’s last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City’s last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
Oklahoma City is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
LA Lakers are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games at home
LA Lakers are 18-4 SU in their last 22 games at home

Next up:
Oklahoma City at LA Lakers, Tuesday, April 20
LA Lakers home to Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 20

Free Pick :  Oklahoma City  +7.5

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