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Posted by: Charlie Smith
Betting on NBA Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Wed., Jan 17th

Basketball betting online fans recently witnessed the Los Angeles Lakers mount a bit of a win streak. Behind a great team effort, Los Angeles was able to win 4 consecutive matches, including games against the Spurs and Mavericks. Nevertheless, that eye-raising streak came to an end this past Monday night when the Memphis Grizzlies pulled one over the Lakers 114-123. This evening, Lonzo Ball & Co. will have an opportunity to rebound as the Lakers travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder. What are online sportsbooks predicting for this evening’s Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder matchup?

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Wed., Jan 17th

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

TV: ESPN

Stream: Watch ESPN, NBA League Pass

Basketball Betting Online:

Los Angeles Lakers TBP

Oklahoma City Thunder TBP

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers come into this evening’s contest sporting a 15-28 record that ranks them 3rd in the Pacific Division. Additionally, Los Angeles ranks 12th overall in the Western Conference. Since the Lakers were ranked dead last in the conference a few short weeks ago, it’s clear the franchise is making some modest improvements. At the current moment, Los Angeles is roughly 8 ½ games away from catching up to the 8th seeded Denver Nuggets. In other words, the Lakers can still make the playoff cut, theoretically, but they’ll need a couple of chips to fall in their way. Also, Los Angeles will need their players to take their play to the next level.

The team’s injury report has Lonzo Ball listed as day-to-day, so it seems unlikely that Ball will be on the court this basketball betting online evening. With that in mind, it’s clear that Los Angeles will turn to Kyle Kuzma to pick up the slack. Ball is far from being a leading point-earner for the Lakers, but he does lead them in assists.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City fans were excited for this year’s season, since the club made some moves in the offseason that raised a couple of eyebrows. Specifically, the Thunder brought in Carmelo Anthony to lend a hand out on offense and Paul George to bolster the defense. But the moves haven’t exactly panned out. Yea the Thunder are currently in the playoff race, but at 24-20 we’re not getting what we were expecting out of Oklahoma City. Furthermore, the Thunder are 2-3 in their last 5 matchups, which is far from being the hallmark of a great team. Notwithstanding the Thunders’ inability to live up to online sportsbook expectations, current estimates have the Thunder opening as heavy betting favorites this evening. But should NBA bettors take OKC in this evening’s Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder matchup?

It’s looking like Los Angeles will open as a heavy underdog. If that’s the case, players should take a shot on the Lakers. Oklahoma has been far from consistent or dominant this season, so there’s no guarantee that they’ll come out on top. Similarly, the 4 team parlay odds available on LA make them the superior wager for this evening’s Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder action.

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