With our NBA betting advice for Thursday night we come in with a winner from the pro basketball game between the LA Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers and Thunder will tip off from Oklahoma City at 9:30PM Eastern Time and its TNT Television providing the live national television broadcast. The NBA betting pick for tonight is playing on the Oklahoma City Thunder -6 points against the LA Lakers. The current odds from the Lakers and Thunder come courtesy of Just Bet sportsbook.
The pointspread opened up in this TNT TV NBA game with the home team Oklahoma City Thunder favored by -7 points with an over under of 193 points. The early money from the NBA bettors has been Lakers money as the Oklahoma City Thunder has been bet down to a -6 point betting favorite in most sportsbooks with some offshore betting outlets still dealing OKC as a -6 ½ point favorite. The total has steamed upward to 195 ½ points. Bettors playing the Oklahoma City Thunder with a bet on the money line will lay -235 odds. Those who believe the LA Lakers can pull off the upset win can take back +215 odds for their money line wager.
The Lakers have not been a good road club as they sport a 5-14 ATS record over their past 19 games. As an older team they will struggled in this back end of a back to back. The LA Lakers last night put a lot of energy into their game against the Dallas Mavericks. It was a revenge spot for them having been thoroughly embarrassed by the Mavericks in game four of their playoff series last year in Dallas. This season in the Lakers three previous multi game road trips they have not strung together consecutive road victories. LA has struggled big time for offense away from home this season with just 90 points and 42.9% shooting from the field with a poor 27.7% coming from beyond the arc.
The Thunder has played very well at home as they sport 11 straight wins. They blew out the Boston Celtics last night by the score of 119-104. OKC has exploded at home offensively with nearly 106 points along with over 50% shooting and 39% from three on the campaign. Point guard Russell Westbrook will give the LA Lakers fits defensively as LA has struggled mightily against teams with good point guards because Derrick Fisher and Steve Blake don’t have the speed to compete. On the road we saw LA get pounded by Phoenix with point guard Steve Nash and the guards of the Philadelphia 76ers gave the Lakers trouble at Philadelphia in a 76ers win. Jeremy Lin led the Knicks to a 7 point home win against the LA Lakers on a Friday night on February 10th. You an even track back to January 28th where Brandon Jennings led the Milwaukee Bucks to an 11 point home win against the LA Lakers. Chris Paul led the Clippers to an 8 point home win against the Lakers on January 14th. With the LA Lakers having problems against the youthful teams with good point guard play bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder laying the points at online sportsbooks.