Lakers vs. Thunder

The best basketball game of Thursday night is the Los Angeles Lakers traveling to Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

Los Angeles @ Oklahoma City Preview

lakers vs thunderThe 22-42 Lakers are coming off a 114-110 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 47-17 Thunder are coming off a 106-98 win over the Houston Rockets.

The Lakers are lead by Pau Gasol and Kendall Marshall. Gasol is averaging 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. Marshall is averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 9.5 assists.

The Thunder are lead by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant is averaging 31.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Westbrook is averaging 21.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2 steals per game.

 

Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

 

Key Injuries

For Los Angeles:

Jordan Hill doubtful (knee), Kobe Bryant out (knee), Nick Young out (knee), Steve Nash out (leg).

For Oklahoma City:

Thabo Sefolosha out (leg), Kendrick Perkins out (groin).

 

How Los Angeles Wins

Los Angeles will win this game if they keep on scoring at a high rate. They average 102 points per game and that ranks 12th in the league. The Lakers will also have to rebound the ball better. They average 49.4 rebounds per game and that ranks 24th in the league. The final thing they need to do is take care of the ball. They average 15.5 turnovers per game and that ranks 25th in the league.

 

How Oklahoma City Wins

Oklahoma City will win this game if they keep scoring the way they do. They average 105.8 points per game and that ranks 5th in the league. The Thunder must also win the rebound battle. They are averaging 52.6 rebounds per game and that ranks 12th in the league. The final thing they need to do is take care of the ball. They average 15.8 turnovers per game and that ranks 28th in the league.

 

My Prediction

Both teams want to score a lot of points and make this a fast paced game. Whichever team can get the key defensive stops and win the rebound battle will have the best chance at winning.

I think that this game is a high scoring back and forth game. I think that the Thunder will win the rebound battle and will get the key defensive stops. I think that with home court advantage the Thunder win this game.

Final Score

Oklahoma City: 109
Los Angeles: 101

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