NBA Free Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Free Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers

A pair of Western conference teams will take to the court at the Staples Center for our Tuesday night NBA free pick.

It’s the first in the league against eleventh, with the Lakers hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder will come straight into this one after a 90-88 loss to the clippers.

Oklahoma City to bounce back in Los Angeles?

Oklahoma City Thunder (4.80) vs Los Angeles Lakers (1.20)

Oklahoma are 5-8 outright for the season. They have struggled to build momentum and are going to have to make some drastic changes, if they hope to get a shot at the playoffs.

It’s the sub-par standard of the Oklahoma City offense that will cause them problems tonight, given the quality of the Lakers’ defense. They need to make some roster changes, in order to pump some life back into this roster.

Los Angeles are flying at the moment, going 11-2 outright. They cantered past the Hawks in their last, a game in which LeBron put on a real show scoring 33 points.

One thing that will give the Thunder hope, is the fact they’ve taken two of the last three meetings, including a 119-103 win at home earlier this year.

The smart money is a Lakers home victory.

Los Angeles Lakers To beat OC Thunder

Parlay Pick: Lakers to win & total over 214.5 (3.11)

The Lakers are back on top of the NBA power rankings, where they’ve been battling it out with the Celtics for first place.

The Lakers are looking like real title contenders already, the physicality and skill of their roster is pretty intimidating.

Against the Hawks, the Lakers managed a 52.8 shot percentage from the floor, hitting 15 of 35 from three-point range. They went 43-36 in rebounds too.

The Lakers are 110.8 points per game, sitting at 15th in the league in scoring offense. LeBron and Anthony Davis have been forming a fearsome partnership, which the Thunder will find it tough to breakdown.

We see the Lakers putting up a score tonight. They’ll be well-rested, while the Thunder played yesterday, and will know they’ve got the upperhand in this game before it’s even started.

Take the Lakers to win & a total over 214.5 points.

Los Angeles Lakers To win & total over 214.5

Parlay Play: Lakers to win it & Kyle Kuzma to score over 15.5 (3.01)

There are high hopes for Kyle Kuzma. He is highly regarded among players and ex-coach Luke Walton has spoken of his ability and believes he will go far in the league.

Although it isn’t always easy to find a place in the team, with LeBron and Davis being the first names on the team sheet right now. He averages 14.0 for the season so far, and will certainly look to build on that against the Thunder.

One criticism made of Kyle has been his necessity to try and shoot from downtown, rather than cutting to the basket.

Consistency is what the young Flint man should look to achieve. If he can add that to his game, we can see the Lakers winning the title.

The NBA betting odds are heavily favourable for Lakers wagers, but we found this one to be worth a look.

Take Kyle Kuzma to score over 15.5 points.

Los Angeles Lakers To win & Kyle Kuzma over 15.5