The Oklahoma City Thunder (36-37) square off against the Los Angeles Lakers (36-37) on Friday at Crypto.com Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Thunder vs. Lakers odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Thunder lost 125-107 to the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday and failed to cover as 4.5-point road underdogs. Oklahoma City is currently the No. 11 seed in the Western Conference, on the end of a 3-team tie with the No. 9 Lakers and No. 10 New Orleans Pelicans.
The Lakers covered as 1.5-point favorites in Wednesday’s 122-111 home victory vs. the Phoenix Suns. Los Angeles is sitting as the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference, on top of the 3-way tie with the Pelicans and Thunder.
Oklahoma City and Los Angeles have split their first 2 meetings this season straight up and against the spread with the road team winning and covering as an underdog in both meetings as the Over cashed twice.
Thunder at Lakers odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:30 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Thunder +195 (bet $100 to win $195) | Lakers -230 (bet $230 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Thunder +5.5 (-110) | Lakers -5.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 232.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
Thunder at Lakers key injuries
- F Anthony Davis (foot) probable
- F LeBron James (foot) out
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Thunder at Lakers picks and predictions
Lakers 122, Thunder 115
The Lakers (-230) are expected to come away with the victory at home on Friday, but taking them at the current odds isn’t worth the risk.
LEAN LAKERS -5.5 (-110).
Both teams are vying for a spot in the playoffs or a play-in spot, but the Lakers are likely more motivated to advance to the postseason. The Thunder are also playing on the 2nd leg of a back-to-back, so they could rest some of their starters on Friday.
The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games against a team with a losing road record.
The Over has hit in the first two meetings this season, and I’ll take OVER 232.5 (-112) for Friday’s bout. The Thunder and the Lakers are both top 3 in pace this season, which should lead to more points.
Oklahoma City is 6-1 to the Over in its last 7 games playing on 0 days of rest, while the Over is 9-4 in its last 13 meetings with Los Angeles.