The 30-30 LA Lakers will travel to face the 43-16 Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip off time from Oklahoma City is scheduled for 9:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The NBA odds in this game has the home team Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -8 ½ points with an over under line of 214 ½ points. Early money has landed on the LA Lakers as OKC was favored by -9 points when the odds came out.
The teams have met three times this season with the Thunder winning two of the three games. The Lakers have covered the spread in two of the games.
LA Lakers are 10-19 on the road this season. They win their second straight and for the fifth time in six games following a 99-98 home win on Sunday night to the Atlanta Hawks as a -5 ½ point betting favorite. The game landed under 206 ½ points. LA shot 48.7% in the win and connected on 10 of 21 three pointers. They allow 50% shooting to Atlanta and committed 21 turnovers. The Lakers survived that by pulling down seven more rebounds as well as benefit from bad free throw shooting by the Hawks. Kobe Bryant scores 34 points and pulls down 6 rebounds on 13 of 27 shooting. The Lakers still sit 23rd in the league in points allowed by giving up 101.1 points a game. They escaped the Atlanta game allowing 50% shooting but it will be tough to win with bad defense against the Thunder.
The Thunder is 26-4 on their home court. They win for the fourth time in five tries after a 108-104 road win at the LA Clippers on Sunday afternoon as a +3 point underdog. The game finished over 205 ½ points. OKC opened up a 19 point lead and hold on the fast closing Clippers during the fourth quarter for the win. The Thunder shot 47.5% from the floor and made 7 of 21 three pointers. They give up 46.3% shooting to the Clippers and forced 21 LA turnovers. Kevin Durant led the team with 35 points and 9 rebounds on 10 of 25 shooting. Oklahoma sits in the top three in every key offensive category this season. But the team can also defend as they rank 2nd in the NBA in defensive field goal defense by allowing 43% shooting to opponents.