Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers 11/4/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets, Tips and Prediction
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum SportsNet
The Los Angeles Lakers (5-3) welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder (1-6) at STAPLES Center on Thursday.
The Thunder faced off with the Clippers and took a loss by a score of 99-94 in their last contest. Oklahoma City finished the game having earned a 38.9% FG percentage (35 out of 90) and knocked down 11 of their 37 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Thunder made 13 of their 16 attempts for a rate of 81.3%. Concerning pulling down boards, they earned 51 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 17 dimes in the game as well as creating 5 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In terms of defense, Oklahoma City allowed 38.0% from the floor on 35 of 92 shooting. Los Angeles distributed 51 dimes and had 18 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Los Angeles had 38 rebounds (13 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 6 blocked shots. Los Angeles ended up going 73.7% from the charity stripe by making 14 of 19 tries. They converted 15 of their 42 attempts from beyond the arc.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is someone who was a factor for the contest. He accounted for 28 points on 11 of 23 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 40 minutes and also grabbed 7 boards. Gilgeous-Alexander went 47.8% from the floor and distributed 2 assists.
Oklahoma City will enter this game with a record of 1-6 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 15.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 16.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma City is pulling in 44.4 boards per game and is sitting with 136 dimes this year, which is 29th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Thunder are connecting on 29.3% on 3-pointers (75 of 256) and 73.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 96.7 pts per game (29th in the league) while going 41.1% from the field. On defense, the Thunder have forced 14.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.7 personal fouls. They surrender 36.7% on shots from downtown while they are 18th in the league in PPG allowed (109.9). The Thunder defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.5% (288 of 633) and they relinquish 49.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They are 20th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 179 surrendered this season.
The last time they took the court, the Lakers took home the win by a final score of 119-117 against the Rockets. The Lakers were able to pull down 32 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 43 in this game. They also coughed up the ball 17 times, while getting 10 steals for the matchup. The Rockets committed 24 fouls for the matchup which got the Lakers to the charity stripe for a total of 20 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 75.0%. In terms of shots from downtown, Los Angeles made 6 of their 25 tries (24.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Lakers shot 49 out of 93 from the floor which had them sitting at 52.7%. The Lakers allowed the Rockets to make 48 out of 91 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 52.7% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 38.1% from distance by shooting 16 of 42 and finished the contest at 5 out of 12 at the free throw line (41.7%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Los Angeles permitted Houston to grab 27 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
LeBron James pitched in for the Lakers in the matchup. He converted 13 of 21 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 61.9%, and added 4 rebounds. James had 30 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and had 10 dimes for this game.
Los Angeles has a record of 5-3 this year. Los Angeles has totaled 907 points for the campaign (113.4 per game) and they pull in 43.9 boards per game. The Lakers are responsible for committing 20.9 fouls every game and they connect on 71.8% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Lakers are shooting 48.2% from the floor, which is 2nd in basketball. They are dishing out assists 24.5 times per contest (8th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 16.8 times per game. The Lakers are ranked 25th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 112.6. They are forcing 18.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.2% from the floor (25th in the league). The Los Angeles defense concedes 35.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (99 of 283) and their opponents are knocking down 68.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 26.6 assists and 47.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 28th and 21st in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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