Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 2/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+12)
The Los Angeles Lakers (18-6) play the Oklahoma City Thunder (10-12) at STAPLES Center on Monday. Los Angeles opens this game as 12-point favorites. The total has been set at 218.5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Minnesota Timberwolves and walked away with a win by a score of 120-118 in their last contest. Oklahoma City finished having earned a 51.1% FG percentage (46 of 90) and converted 12 out of their 33 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Thunder buried 16 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Concerning pulling down boards, they earned 43 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 25 assists in this contest while earning 8 steals and 2 blocked shots. With respect to the defense, Oklahoma City let their opponent shoot 50.5% from the field on 47 out of 93 shooting. Minnesota recorded 27 dimes and had 12 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Timberwolves pulled down 40 rebounds (13 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Minnesota finished the game at 54.5% when shooting free throws by making 12 of 22 shots. They converted 12 of 36 tries from 3-point land.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a guy who was a contributor for the game. He had 31 points on 12 out of 22 shooting. He played for 34:21 mins and also pulled down 9 boards. Gilgeous-Alexander finished the game shooting 54.5% from the floor and distributed 7 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in the game for the Thunder was Darius Bazley. He totaled 4 boards and also accounted for 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the floor for this game by connecting on 5-of-10 (13 points). When all was said and done, Bazley was on the court for 25:59 min.
Oklahoma City will take the court with a record of 10-12 on the campaign. They are averaging 107.5 pts per contest (25th in basketball) while connecting on 45.4% from the field. The Thunder are hitting 34.2% on shots from 3-point land (287 of 838) and 73.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Oklahoma City is grabbing 44.1 boards per game and is sitting with 497 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 27th in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.8 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Thunder are forcing 13.1 turnovers per game and they draw 19.0 personal fouls. They relinquish 36.1% on three-point shots and they are 23rd in basketball in PPG allowed (113.9). The Thunder defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.2% (289 of 417) and they concede 48.5 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 12th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 551 conceded for the season.
For their last game, the Los Angeles Lakers walked away with a victory by a final of 135-129 when they played the Detroit Pistons. The Lakers collected 31 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 40 for this contest. They also turned away 5 shots while earning 12 steals for the game. The Pistons had 31 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for 28 tries. They were able to make 24 of them for a clip of 85.7%. In relation to shots from downtown, Los Angeles buried 9 out of their 19 attempts (47.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Lakers finished 51 out of 91 from the field which had them at 56.0%. The Lakers allowed the Pistons to make 45 of 94 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 47.9% for the game. They went 38.1% from three-point range by connecting on 16 of 42 and finished the contest at 23 of 28 at the free throw line (82.1%). Concerning attacking the glass, Los Angeles permitted Detroit to pull down 36 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
LeBron James ended up being important for the Lakers for this contest. He buried 13 of 26 in this contest for a rate of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 33 points. James pulled down 5 boards in his 46:29 minutes of time on the court and totaled 11 dimes in the game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Los Angeles was Anthony Davis. He racked up 30 points in his 44:31 mins on the hardwood by way of 13 out of 22 shooting in this game. Davis finished going 59.1% from the floor and also totaling 3 assists and 5 boards.
Los Angeles has a win-loss mark of 18-6 for the year. Los Angeles has scored 2,708 pts so far this year (112.8 per game) and they average 45.3 rebounds per game. The Lakers have committed 18.7 personal fouls every game and they hit 75.2% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Lakers are hitting on 48.7% from the floor, which is 3rd in the league. They are dishing out assists 25.0 times per game (14th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 15.0 times per game. The Lakers are ranked 2nd in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 104.6. The Los Angeles defense allows 34.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (262 of 764) and their opponents are making 77.0% of their free throw shots. They surrender 24.1 dimes and 41.1 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 12th and 3rd in basketball. They are able to force 14.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.0% from the field (9th in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-12) and under 218.5 points
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