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Added January 17th, 2011 by Dwight

NBA Predictions: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Oklahoma City Thunder (27-13) @ Los Angeles Lakers (30-11)

Time: 10:30 pm EST

Point Spread: LA Lakers -4

Over/Under Line: 203.5

Preview: Two divisional leads will get together at the Staples Center on Monday Night. The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Oklahoma city is 27-13 overall; tied with Utah for the lead in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference. The Thunder are 12-7 when playing on the road, and have won 15 of 24 against teams in the Western Conference. The Thunder have won four straight games and seven of their last ten overall. Oklahoma City downed Orlando on Thursday to extend their streak and snap Orlando’s. In that win, Kevin Durant scored a game high 36, while Russell Westbrook dished out 13 assists. Durant leads the team with 28.5 points per game, while Westbrook is averaging 8.3 assists per game. The Thunder as a team are out scoring opponents 104.0 – 102.1.

Los Angeles with their 30-11 record sits a league leading 11.5 games ahead of second place Phoenix. The Lakers are 16-5 at the Staples Center, and 15-7 against conference foes. Los Angeles has the longest current winning streak in the NBA, with seven. The Lakers downed New Jersey on Friday, and will battle the Clippers on Sunday. Los Angeles ranks 7th in total offense with 103.8 points per game and 10th in total defense, allowing 96.0. Kobe Bryant continues to assault the NBA, averaging 25.3 points per game.

My Betting Predictions: Durant and Bryant are two of the best in the league. Their points and performance will be overshadowed by the cast of players for the Lakers. Los Angeles wins this game 105-97.

 
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