Lakers vs Thunder 1/11/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles +1.5
Kyle Kuzma and the Los Angeles Lakers (30-7, 1st in the Pacific Division) travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-16, 3rd in the Northwest Division). The spread on this game has Los Angeles as 1.5 point underdogs. The over/under is set at 222.
The Lakers cover the spread 52.8% of the time, having gone 19-17-1 ATS. Oklahoma City is covering 68.4% of the time, going 26-12-0 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
10/19/19 C DeMarcus Cousins Knee is out for season
01/09/20 SG Avery Bradley Illness is questionable Friday vs Dallas
01/09/20 SF LeBron James Illness is probable Friday vs Dallas
01/08/20 PF Anthony Davis Tailbone is out Friday vs Dallas
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
01/09/20 C Nerlens Noel Ankle is questionable Saturday vs LA Lakers
LeBron James averages 25.1 points per contest in 35.0 minutes per game this year. He averages 10.8 assists per game and 7.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% for the season while his free throw percentage is 69%. Kyle Kuzma comes into this game averaging 12.0 points per contest while playing 23.4 minutes per night. He grabs 3.6 rebounds per contest and distributes 0.8 assists per game. His FG percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is 75%.
Chris Paul averages 16.7 points per game and he sees the court an average of 31.8 minutes per game. He also hauls in 5.1 rebounds per game and dishes 6.4 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 90%. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scores 19.8 points per contest while playing 35.3 minutes per game. He hauls in 5.3 rebounds per contest and has 2.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Lakers allow 104.9 points per contest which is 3rd in the NBA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 4th and 5th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.0 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd, and they allow 22.9 assists per game which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 16.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the NBA. Los Angeles averages 112.8 points per contest, which is 9th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 7.9 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a unit, which has them ranked 1st. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 16th in the NBA. They average 45.4 boards per contest and 26.1 assists per game, which ranks them 16th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 13th with 15.2 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Thunder give up 106.9 points per game, which ranks them 9th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 13th and 8th in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 22.5 dimes allowed per game and 10th with 44.9 boards surrendered per contest. The Thunder are 12th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.3 per contest. Oklahoma City is 21st in the NBA with 108.9 points per contest this season. They are 9th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 2.0. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 25th in the league. They are 22nd in the NBA in rebounding with 43.7 boards per contest and 28th in assists per game with 21.3. The Thunder are 23rd in turnovers per contest with 14.0.
The Lakers are 5th in the league in defensive rating with 104.2, and their offensive rating of 112.1 is ranked 2nd. They are 13th in the NBA in pace with 100.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 54% is 4th. As a unit they are 6th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 24th in the NBA. Los Angeles is 13th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 26th in the NBA.
Oklahoma City is 18th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 21st in the league. The Thunder are 16th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.7, and their defensive rating of 107.7 is ranked 13th. In terms of pace they are 26th in the league with 98.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 16th. As a team they are 10th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 23rd in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Oklahoma City -1.5 and over 222 total points
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