The Oklahoma City Thunder host the Los Angeles Lakers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in our NBA free pick for Saturday. The Thunder will look to extend a two game winning streak tonight but it won’t be an easy task against the conference leaders. On the other hand, the Lakers are dominating the league with 31 wins in 37 games. They will look to extend their winning streak to eight tonight. Before we get into our preview for tonight’s match, we would like to remind our readers that our NBA picks are now available for purchase. You can get today’s picks for only $5.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday, January 11 – 20:00 EST – Chesapeake Energy Arena
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been playing good basketball lately, winning eight of their last ten matches. A difficult task awaits them tonight, as they get ready to host the red hot Los Angeles Lakers. Oklahoma City is 13-6 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena this season. Offensively, the Thunder are averaging 113.21 points per game at home, ranking 14th in the league. Defensively, they are conceding an average of 108.21 points per game, ranking 12th in the league. Shooting guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is leading the team in points, averaging 19.8 per game. Chris Paul is leading in assists with 6.4 per game, and steals with 1.6 per game. The Thunder have covered the spread in seven of the last ten matches against the Lakers.
On the other hand, all eyes are on the Los Angeles Lakers at the moment. The Lakers played and easily defeated the Mavericks last night 129-114. With that performance, they improved their road record to 16-3 this season. Offensively, the Lakers are averaging 114.05 points per game on their travels, ranking 6th in the league. Defensively, they are conceding an average of 107.47 points per game, ranking 8th in the league. Points leader Anthony Davis will not be participating in this game due to a back injury. However, keep an eye on LeBron James to be the difference maker once again in this match. He is averaging 25.4 points per game, and leads in assists with 10.7 per game.
OUR PICK: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER +1.5 POINT SPREAD
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