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#581 Oklahoma City Thunder 210.5 vs.
#582 Los Angeles Lakers -11
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 10:35pm EST
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s a matchup of teams from the Western Conference in the City of Angels. The Oklahoma City Thunder is on the road as they travel to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Oklahoma City was in action on the road against the Clippers on the road Monday night, losing by a 90-88 count. Los Angeles rolled over Atlanta 122-101 at home Sunday night in their last contest. The Lakers lead the all-time regular-season series 143-106 but the Thunder took two of the three meetings last season, including a 119-103 home victory on April 2, 2019.

Oklahoma City Thunder Playing Back to Back in the City of Angels

Oklahoma City faced the Clippers in the first half of their back to back set in the City of Angels on Monday night. The good news is that the Thunder doesn’t have to travel for this one: the bad news is that they are 0-5 on the road. Oklahoma City was down six after the opening quarter but rallied to lead by five at the half. The Thunder never saw their lead get bigger in a back and forth second half: they gave up the go-ahead bucket with 25.9 seconds to play on a three-pointer and couldn’t answer. Oklahoma City shot 37.3 percent from the field, including seven of 27 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 17 times in the loss. Chris Paul finished with 22 points and four steals to lead the Thunder.

The Thunder enters this one 21st in the league in scoring offense as they average 107.1 points per game. Oklahoma City is 24th in rebounding with 43.3 boards a night while ranking 25th in assists by dishing out 21.6 per game. The Thunder stands 10th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 107.1 points per contest. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads Oklahoma City with 20.4 points plus 5.5 rebounds per game on the season. Danilo Gallinari contributes 19 points plus 5.1 rebounds per game while Chris Paul chips in 16.3 points plus 5.4 assists a night. The Thunder needs more from Steven Adams (8.3 points, 9.3 rebounds) and Dennis Schroder (13.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists) in order to get their offense going. Oklahoma City is tied for 12th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 45.8 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Thunder is 17th in threes made per game as they drain 10.9 per contest while ranking tied for 8th by hitting 36.8 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

Los Angeles Lakers Seek to Keep Early Momentum

Los Angeles won their fourth straight game as they rolled past the Hawks at home on Sunday night in their last game. The Lakers entered Monday with a three-game lead over the Clippers and Suns in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles jumped on Atlanta early, leading by 12 after the opening quarter and by 28 at the half before hitting cruise control. The Lakers didn’t see their lead trimmed below 10 in the second half: they quickly closed the third quarter on a 10-1 run to go up 19 and put the game on ice. Los Angeles shot 52.8 percent from the floor, including 15 of 35 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 43-36 in the contest. LeBron James led the Lakers with 33 points, seven rebounds and 12 assists in the win.

The Lakers are 15th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 110.8 points per game. Los Angeles is 15th in rebounding with 46 boards per contest and 4th in assists with 26.5 per game. The Lakers stand 3rd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 100.6 points per night. LeBron James leads the team with 25 points, 7.6 rebounds and 11.2 assists per contest this season. Anthony Davis contributes 24.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks a night while Kyle Kuzma chips in 14 points per contest. Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Dwight Howard and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are among the role players that the team is leaning on to supplement their star duo. The Lakers are 2nd in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.8 percent as a team. Los Angeles is tied for 24th in the league with 9.8 triples per game while standing tied for 22nd in three-point shooting at 33.3 percent from downtown.

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The Thunder has struggled most of the season and things aren’t looking all that rosy as far as playoff chances go. Oklahoma City is going to have to consider making some moves in order to add more draft capital as they try to rebuild. Los Angeles is off to a hot start behind the James/Davis duo but the real test for them will be when/if one of them goes down with an injury. The Lakers have played excellent defense in the first month of the season. Facing an Oklahoma City team that has been mediocre at best offensively, you have to give the Lakers the advantage here.

Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -9.5

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Oklahoma City was stifled by the Clippers Monday night and now play the second game of a back to back. While it's in the same building, the Thunder has had problems putting the ball in the basket as the visiting team. Oklahoma City has been held to 95 points or less in three of their five road games this season. Los Angeles has been excellent on the defensive end this season as they've limited opposing teams to 42.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 31.9 percent from beyond the arc. Will the Thunder have any better luck against LeBron and the Lakers than they had against PG-13 and the Clippers?

The under is 5-1 in the Thunder's last six on Tuesday and 5-1 in their last six against Pacific Division teams. Los Angeles has seen the under go 13-3 in their last 16 against Northwest Division teams and 19-7 in their last 26 on Tuesday. The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between the teams: given the Thunder's offensive woes on the road and playing the second game of a back to back, coupled with the Lakers' defense, this one falls short of the mark.

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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.