Sun, Feb 27, 1:48pm by Kevin Pitstock
The Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, February 27, 2011 in a game many feel is a preview of a playoff match. The Thunder is 36-21 overall and 20-8 at home. The Lakers enter with a 41-19 overall record and are 20-11 on the road.
The Lakers have won 7 of their last 10 games and are ion a 3 game win streak since the All Star Break. The Thunder has slipped a bit and have won six of their last ten games and are on a 2 game losing streak. Let’s check the odds courtesy of Sportingbet after we preview each team and then we will give our expert pick for your bet.
Kevin Durant continues his torrid scoring pace for the Thunder with a 28.6 per game scoring average. He also controls the boards at a pace of 7.2 per game. Guard Russell Westbrook leads the team in assists with 8.4 per game and he makes 1.7 steal per game on the average. Serge Ibaka blocks 2 shots per game on the average and he successfully shoots 56% from the field.
Oklahoma City is the fifth best scoring team in the NBA with 104.5 points per game and they are #1 in free throw shooting at an outstanding 82.7%. One of the top priorities of the Thunder is the ability to rebound. They grab 42.5 per game for 9th best in the NBA and are stingy by only giving up 40.7 boards per game.
Kobe Bryant, All Star game MVP, is still racking up the points as he averages 25.2 per game and he throws out 4.8 assists per game. Forward Pau Gasol grabs 10 rebounds per game and blocks 1.8 shots per game. Lamar Odom shoots almost 55% from the field while Ron Artest makes 1.4 steals per game.
As a team coached by Phil Jackson, they average 102.4 points per game and shoot 78 from the charity stripe. Los Angeles also rebounds well as they are the 4th bet in the NBA with 43.8 rebounds per game. The team shoots 46% from the field and connect on 36% of their 3-point attempts.
Pick and Prediction
Playoff teams have the uncanny knack of playing hard at the right time and this is it for both the Thunder and the Lakers. The teams have made some adjustments and now it is for the stretch ru, Sportingbet odds are Oklahoma City Thunder at -1. The Lakers are always tough, especially against the very good team, but not enough on the road to catch the Thunder. With our free pick bet -1 OKC Thunder from Sportingbet.
Our Pick: Oklahoma City -1 at Sportingbet
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