Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 1/13/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-5.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (8-3) go to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Oklahoma City Thunder (5-4). Los Angeles opens this matchup as 5.5-point favorites. The total opens at 226.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced the Houston Rockets and notched a win by a score of 120-102 in their last contest. Los Angeles finished having earned a 50.5% field goal percentage (46 out of 91) and converted 10 out of their 29 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Lakers knocked down 18 of 24 shots for a rate of 75.0%. With regard to rebounding, they collected a total of 49 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 28 assists in this matchup as well as having 13 steals and 8 blocks. In reference to defense, Los Angeles let their opponent shoot 41.1% from the floor on 37 of 90 shooting. Houston earned 22 assists and had 7 steals in this contest. Moreover, the Rockets grabbed 43 rebounds (13 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 8 blocks. Houston finished 69.6% from the free throw line by making 16 of their 23 shots. They made 12 out of their 41 shots from beyond the arc.
Anthony Davis is someone who was a contributor for the game. He recorded 27 points on 9 of 12 shooting. He played for 29:56 mins and grabbed 4 rebounds. Davis finished 75.0% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Lakers was LeBron James. He snagged 7 boards and totaled 7 dimes. He finished the game at 46.7% from the field for this game by going 7-of-15 (18 points). When this game wrapped up, James played 30:21 min.
Los Angeles heads into this one with a record of 8-3 this season. They are giving up possession 15.5 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.8 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling in 48.2 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 277 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 7th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Lakers are connecting on 38.5% on shots from beyond the arc (132 of 343) and 76.4% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 114.5 pts per game (8th in basketball) while going 49.3% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Lakers are forcing their opponents into 13.2 turnovers every game while drawing 20.1 personal fouls. The Lakers are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.4% (145 of 221) and they concede 41.5 rebounds per game as a group. They are 19th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 264 relinquished this year. They give up 34.7% on three-point shots and they are ranked 4th in the NBA in points per game allowed (106.2).
For their last game, the Oklahoma City Thunder took home the win by a final score of 129-116 when they played the Brooklyn Nets. The Thunder earned 31 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards totaling 34 for this contest. They also rejected 4 shots while earning 12 steals in this contest. The Nets committed 18 fouls in the matchup which got the Thunder to the free throw line for a total of 17 tries. They were able to make 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 94.1%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Oklahoma City converted 15 out of their 39 tries (38.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Thunder ended up going 49 for 90 from the floor which had them shooting 54.4%. The Thunder allowed the Nets to make 43 out of their 85 tries from the field which had them sitting at 50.6% for the game. They finished 29.4% from distance by going 10 of 34 and finished the game at 20 of 24 at the free throw line (83.3%). Concerning rebounding, Oklahoma City allowed Brooklyn to grab 43 in total (6 offensive).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ended up being a factor for the Thunder in this matchup. He converted 11 out of 16 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 68.8%, which had him finishing with 31 points. Gilgeous-Alexander grabbed 6 rebounds in his 36:01 minutes of playing time and accumulated 7 assists in this game. Someone else who came through for Oklahoma City was Hamidou Diallo. He totaled 25 points in 23:53 mins on the hardwood via 10 of 14 shooting for the game. Diallo finished going 71.4% from the field while also collecting 4 dimes and 3 boards.
Oklahoma City has a mark of 5-4 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Thunder are shooting 45.1% from the floor, which is 18th in the NBA. Oklahoma City has totaled 944 pts this year (104.9 per game) and they snag 44.7 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 22.2 times per contest (26th in basketball) and they cough up possession 15.4 times per contest. The Thunder are committing 18.4 fouls every game while shooting 71.5% from the free throw line. The Thunder on the defensive side of the court are 11th in the league in points per game surrendered with 108.9. They give up 24.7 dimes and 48.9 total boards per game, which is ranked 15th and 28th in the NBA. The Oklahoma City defense gives up 33.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (95 of 281) and their opposition makes 70.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 12.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the floor (17th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+5.5)
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