Lakers vs Thunder Live The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a bounce-back showing after losing to thein overtime on Monday. The LA Lakers will be hoping to continue their juggernaut with a fourth win over OKC Thunder this season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder is averaging 110.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 108.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19.4 points and six rebounds while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19.2 points and two assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is dishing 6.8 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for another win, as they’re currently 2-1 in the NBA bubble. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113.8 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.8 points and 9.4 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.4 points and 10.4 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Dion Waiters is grabbing two rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free-throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game.
The Thunder are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a team still fighting for playoff seeding, and they should be eager to get that nasty taste out of their mouth after losing a tough overtime game against the Nuggets. The Los Angeles Lakers have won two of their three games, but they’ve allowed all three games to come down to the final five minutes or so, and you have to question their motivation as we inch closer toward the playoffs with the top seed in the West locked up. The Oklahoma City Thunder has more to play for in this game and are a young, athletic group that can push the veteran Lakers with pace.
The LA Lakers will be in a jubilant mode entering this tie, having already locked up the first seed in the West. The OKC Thunder, though, will be ruing the missed opportunity to cut the gap between them and the third-seeded Denver Nuggets. They’ll be hoping to regroup and have a go again.
A missed free throw from Chris Paul stopped the OKC Thunder from claiming the fourth seed in the West in their last matchup. Unfortunately for them, they now have to deal with a few rotation issues as well. Dennis Schroder is out indefinitely following the birth of his daughter while Mike Muscala is also likely to miss out following a possible concussion. Terrance Ferguson is doubtful for the game too.
While OKC Thunder did well against Denver in these absences, the small rotation exposed their fatigue levels in overtime and they’ll be hoping to do better against the LA Lakers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has led the scoring for OKC Thunder across both their seeding games so far but it was against the Nuggets that he showed true maturity. Despite having five fouls early into the third quarter, Gilgeous-Alexander returned in the fourth to pile 16 points and did not get fouled out. He’ll be hoping for more of the same against the LA Lakers.
The pressure is off the LA Lakers who would be breathing a sigh of relief having clinched the Western Conference after beating the Utah Jazz in their last game.
Anthony Davis seems to be at his best on both ends of the floor, marked by his latest 42-point outing while LeBron James himself has improved significantly on defense. King James will be hoping to improve his scoring efficiency too for the LA Lakers. Frank Vogel’s men have done well in the absence of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley so far.
While LeBron James may be pulling the strings, Anthony Davis has been the talisman for the LA Lakers on both ends of the floor in Orlando. He has a brilliant record against the OKC Thunder as well, scoring a combined 67 points against them in two outings. He’ll be looking to outmuscle Steven Adams in the low post again on Wednesday.