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NBA Handicapping: Lakers vs Thunder
Apr 30th, 2010

Courtesy of OddsShark.com:

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Ford Center.

Oddsmakers currently have the Thunder listed as 1-point favorites versus the Lakers, while the game’s total has not yet been posted.

Pau Gasol went for 25 points and 11 rebounds, as the Lakers cruised past the Thunder 111-87 in Game 5 of their Western Conference first round series on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles covered as 6.5-point home favorites, while the teams played OVER the 194.5-point total listed by oddsmakers.

Andrew Bynum had 21 points and 11 boards for the Lakers, who now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Kevin Durant dropped 17 points for Oklahoma City, while Russell Westbrook posted 15 points and six assists for the Thunder.

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

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Oklahoma City most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After playing LA Lakers are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 15-3 SU in their last 18 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 7 games
LA Lakers are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma City is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oklahoma City’s last 8 games

Next up:
LA Lakers home to Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 2
Oklahoma City at LA Lakers, Sunday, May 2

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