Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Nov 30, 2023

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ road trip continues. After spending a night in Detroit, they head southward to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

L.A. Lakers
30-26
AT
November 30, 2023, 8:00 PM ET
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Pointspread +4.5 -105
Moneyline +155
Over / Under o +235.5
Pointspread -4.5 -115
Moneyline -190
Over / Under u +235.5

So far the Lakers’ travels have produced a decent 2-1 record, with the second victory coming on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, 133-107. Oklahoma concluded their NBA In-Season Tournament journey on Tuesday with a fiery defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-103.

The host Thunder are currently pinned as -5.5 favourites on the NBA odds.

Lakers vs. Thunder NBA Betting Odds

As some fans may recall, last season the Thunder were part of an iconic moment in NBA history involving the Lakers and LeBron James. Last February was when James became the all-time leading scorer in a game at home versus Oklahoma. The irony was that OKC won the match 133-130. L.A. took the next two against the Thunder on route to a memorable playoff run that lasted until the conference finals.

The Lakers continue to traverse a testy period without some old and new faces (Rui Hachimura, Gabe Vincent, Jarred Vanderbilt all injured). Wednesday’s win over the Pistons improved their away tally to 4-6, although one assumes OKC will be a sterner test. We wrote in our Pistons game preview that the spread results of Lakers games have switched between covering and not throughout November. It happened again on Wednesday (cover).

Even with a few recent games for which the Thunder didn’t cover the spread, they’re still a healthy 12-5 on the season. They’ve been tested thoroughly this week, having already played the 76ers and Timberwolves. Ontario native Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is fifth in the NBA with 30.5 points per game, propelling the team to fifth-best with 118.6 points a night.

Los Angeles Lakers

It’s sad to say but pretty much everyone knew Wednesday was going to be a relatively simply bounce-back game for the Lakers. After getting buzz-sawed by the 76ers on Monday, they were the ones delivering the pain on Wednesday, handing the rusty Pistons 133-107.

All the familiar names had big nights, led by D’Angelo Russell’s 35 points. He was incredibly comfortable shooting from beyond the arc, hitting five of his seven attempts. Anthony Davis (28 points) took advantage of the lackadaisical Detroit defence by wiggling his way to the basket all night for layups, flushes, and rebounds that turned into flushes. James was the quietest of the three, going for “only” 25 points but put on a show with some dunks of his own. L.A.’s defence isn’t as stout as it was last year (18th in the NBA for points conceded per contest), so Thursday on the road against a high-flying Thunder squad will be a stern test of their metal.

Oklahoma City Thunder

It’s been a bewildering few days for the Oklahoma City Thunder. First, they were involved in a wild, physical affair with the Timberwolves on Tuesday, falling 106-103. Second, one of their stars, Josh Giddey, is the subject of an investigation by police in Newport Beach, California for uncouth extra-curricular activities.

What the team even feels like on Thursday when King James comes to town is anyone’s guess, or what Giddey’s status could be between now and then. He certainly was persona non grata in Minneapolis a couple of nights ago. A chorus of boos rained down every single time he touched the ball. He didn’t have a great night either, only going 4-for-8, 10 points, and a -10 differential. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was his usual slippery self, hitting incredible shots to keep his team afloat. He finished with 32 points and three steals. Maybe the result would have differed had Chet Holmgren done better than 6-for-20.

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