Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 2/7/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Crypto.com Arena is where the Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
The Thunder played the Rockets and took home the win by a score of 153-121 in their last game. Oklahoma City walked away from the contest having earned a 57.7% FG percentage (56 out of 97) and converted 21 out of their 46 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Thunder made 20 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 87.0%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they collected 42 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 39 assists for this contest as well as forcing 15 turnovers and having 11 steals. When discussing defense, Oklahoma City allowed the other team to shoot 50.6% from the field on 45 of 89 shooting. Houston earned 29 assists and had 4 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Houston snagged 34 rebounds (9 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Houston ended up shooting 77.8% at the free throw line by converting 21 of their 27 tries. They also knocked down 10 of 30 attempts from beyond the arc. In the matter of personal fouls, the Thunder walked away with 19 and the Rockets totaled 18 personal fouls.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a player who was a contributor for the matchup. Gilgeous-Alexander walked away from this one shooting 60.9% from the field and distributed 6 dimes. He played 30 mins played and also totaled 4 rebounds. He totaled 42 points on 14 out of 23 shooting.
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Oklahoma City will enter this contest with a mark of 25-27 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 13.6 times per contest and as a unit are committing 21.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Oklahoma City is grabbing 44.2 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 1,284 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 20th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Thunder are connecting on 36.3% on shots from downtown (636 of 1,750) and 79.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 117.3 points per contest (5th in the NBA) while going 46.9% from the floor.
When they are on the defensive end, the Thunder are forcing their opponents into 16.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.8 personal fouls. They currently rank 9th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,309 relinquished this year. The Thunder defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.6% (2,161 of 4,639) and they concede 47.2 rebounds per game as a unit. They are surrendering 35.4% on three-point shots while they are 20th in the league in PPG allowed (115.9).
For their last game, the Lakers took a defeat with a final score of 131-126 when they played the Pelicans. When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Los Angeles allowed New Orleans to collect 48 in total (14 on the offensive side). They finished shooting 30.0% from beyond the arc by going 9 out of 30 and ended up shooting 18 out of 20 at the charity stripe (90.0%). The Lakers permitted the Pelicans to knock down 52 of their 100 tries from the floor which had them at 52.0% for the game. Overall, the Lakers shot 45 for 94 from the floor which had them shooting 47.9%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Los Angeles knocked down 11 out of their 32 attempts (34.4%). They were able to bury 25 of the free throws for a rate of 75.8%. The Pelicans were called for 22 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Lakers to the free throw line for 33 attempts. They also gave up possession 9 times, while earning 4 steals for the game. The Lakers were able to snag 31 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 44 for the matchup.
Anthony Davis pitched in for the Lakers in the game. He made 13 of 25 for the contest for a field goal rate of 52.0%, and accounted for 14 rebounds. Davis earned 34 points in his 38 mins on the court and had 3 dimes for this contest.
Los Angeles has a record of 25-29 this year. The Lakers have committed 18.5 fouls every game and they hit 78.0% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 25.2 times per game (14th in the league) and they are turning it over 14.0 times per game. Los Angeles has scored 6,324 pts this year (117.1 per contest) and they grab 45.1 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Lakers are shooting 48.1% from the field, which ranks them 9th in the league.
The Lakers on defense are ranked 27th in the league in PPG surrendered with 118.4. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.3% from the floor (15th in the NBA). The Los Angeles defense concedes 34.6% on shots from distance (674 of 1,949) and their opposition knocks down 76.7% of their foul shots. They have conceded 25.7 assists and 45.8 boards on a nightly basis, which is 21st and 28th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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