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NBA Picks: Lakers vs Thunder Odds, Prediction and Live Score

NBA Picks: Lakers vs Thunder Odds, Prediction and Live Score
When Durant confirmed his betrayal and left for the sunny climes of California, NBA fans immediately started to look forward to a Thunder squad fully under the command of Russell Westbrook. Los Angeles no longer has Kobe, placing control of the Lakers firmly in the hands of rising talent. Early on, both squads aim to show no sign of missing their superstars.
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Friday 03 March
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns

Thunder @ Suns

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Russell Westbrook, perhaps the only human driven by a nuclear engine, exploded for a 51-point triple double during his last stint on the hardwood, dragging the Oklahoma City Thunder across the finish line for a 113-110 win against Phoenix. The Lakers fell to the defensive stalwart Utah Jazz after an exciting home opening win against the Houston Rockets, who are ignorant of defence. Young Lakers talent will do what they can to stop the Westbrook, who’ll need support from his teammates to outgun L.A.’s young guns.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Pick

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The NBA witnessed the end of an era in Oklahoma City when Russell Westbrook lost his sidekick to free agency in the off-season. This move immediately submarined any reasonable chance of the Thunder winning the NBA Championship while distorting the balance of power in the western conference. Sam Presti did his best to bring talent on board by fleecing Orlando, acquiring Oladipo, Ilyasova and first-rounder Domantas Sabonis in exchange for a disgruntled Ibaka. This may have secured a playoff spot, but doesn’t come close to replacing the singular talent of Durant.

You could put four Marcelo Huertas clones and Westbrook on the court and still win 40 games in the NBA. Most teams in the league will get torched on a nightly basis, although certain matchups will present extreme problems for the Thunder. Russell can’t operate at peak Russ if he doesn’t get into the paint. Teams like the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, who have solid rim protection, are most likely to halt the Westbrook train, which results in an automatic loss for OKC.

Lucky for the Thunder, the Los Angeles Lakers roster consists mostly of super talented youngsters attempting to master the finer points of NBA basketball.  Luol Deng is their best vet and plays solid ball, but having Mozgov at center will leave the Lakers exposed until they realize why Cleveland didn’t resign him. Lou Williams, Marcelo Huertas, Jose Calderon and Metta World Peace round out the Lakers list of questionable signings.

The entertainment factor of the Lakers revolves around D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle showing off their energy, enthusiasm and growing offensive skillsets, giving the association a preview of the future. Los Angeles simply doesn’t have the defensive skill or experience necessary to keep Westbrook away from the rim, or Enes Kanter from snapping up numerous offensive rebounds and dominating the post game. Expect the Los Angeles Lakers to make this an entertaining matchup, as Russell Westbrook drops another triple double en route to securing a 3-0 start for the Thunder.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 27 February
FT Toronto Raptors 92 - 91 New York Knicks
FT Warriors 119 - 108 Philadelphia 76ers
FT Milwaukee Bucks 95 - 102 Cleveland Cavaliers
FT Atlanta Hawks 114 - 98 Boston Celtics
FT Miami Heat 89 - 96 Dallas Mavericks
FT Indiana Pacers 117 - 108 Houston Rockets
FT Wolves 102 - 88 Sacramento Kings
Tuesday 28 February
FT Warriors 108 - 112 Washington Wizards
AOT Blazers 113 - 120 Detroit Pistons
FT Utah Jazz 106 - 109 Thunder
FT Phoenix Suns 112 - 130 Memphis Grizzlies
FT Denver Nuggets 125 - 107 Chicago Bulls
FT Charlotte Hornets 109 - 104 L.A. Lakers
Wednesday 01 March
FT New York Knicks 101 - 90 Orlando Magic Odds
FT Washington Wizards 105 - 96 Toronto Raptors +170 -179 Odds
FT Philadelphia 76ers 98 - 125 Miami Heat +415 -500 Odds
FT Dallas Mavericks 95 - 100 Atlanta Hawks +220 -244 Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 99 - 103 Boston Celtics +106 -123 Odds
FT Detroit Pistons 86 - 109 Pelicans +125 -133 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 110 - 98 Milwaukee Bucks +170 -185 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 99 - 100 San Antonio Spurs +460 -556 Odds
FT Wolves 107 - 80 Utah Jazz +230 -256 Odds
FT Houston Rockets 122 - 103 L.A. Clippers +128 -137 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 109 - 100 Sacramento Kings +133 -135 Odds
Thursday 02 March
FT Warriors 87 - 94 Chicago Bulls -345 +275 Odds
FT Charlotte Hornets 103 - 120 Phoenix Suns -169 +150 Odds
FT Thunder 109 - 114 Blazers -115 -105 Odds
Friday 03 March
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 135 - 130 Atlanta Hawks -141 +120 Odds
FT Miami Heat 99 - 110 Orlando Magic -200 +170 Odds
FT Toronto Raptors 114 - 106 Washington Wizards +180 -222 Odds
FT New York Knicks 102 - 105 Philadelphia 76ers -130 +110 Odds
FT L.A. Clippers 101 - 112 Milwaukee Bucks -222 +190 Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 100 - 104 Dallas Mavericks -145 +126 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 97 - 112 Utah Jazz +1000 -1250 Odds
FT Thunder 111 - 118 Phoenix Suns -189 +175 Odds
AOT San Antonio Spurs 101 - 98 Pelicans -250 +210 Odds
FT Boston Celtics 115 - 95 L.A. Lakers -294 +270 Odds
Saturday 04 March
Detroit Pistons 18:00 Philadelphia 76ers -200 +185 Odds
Cleveland Cavaliers 20:00 Miami Heat -112 +102 Odds
Toronto Raptors 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks -112 +102 Odds
L.A. Clippers 20:30 Chicago Bulls -130 +120 Odds
Memphis Grizzlies 21:00 Houston Rockets +340 -370 Odds
Charlotte Hornets 21:00 Denver Nuggets +200 -213 Odds
Wolves 21:00 San Antonio Spurs +315 -333 Odds
Brooklyn Nets 22:00 Blazers +650 -714 Odds
Sunday 05 March
Indiana Pacers 13:00 Atlanta Hawks Odds
Warriors 15:30 New York Knicks Odds
Orlando Magic 17:00 Washington Wizards
Boston Celtics 17:00 Phoenix Suns
Utah Jazz 18:00 Sacramento Kings
Thunder 20:30 Dallas Mavericks
Pelicans 21:30 L.A. Lakers

Post Kobe and Kevin, the Lakers and the Thunder will be focusing on carving new identities as teams capable of excellence without these superstars. Observers around the association pointed to Kobe as a roadblock on the path to rebuilding the Lakers, snatching crucial possessions from the hands of babes attempting to get good. Now that Laker sophomores and rookies have more space to operate, they won’t have to stand around and watch Bryant jack long twos instead of passing the ball to an open man.

The picture for the Thunder is a bit bleak, especially considering the fact they could have kept Harden, Durant and Westbrook together if they chose to do so. Fans won’t forget all the opportunities that the Thunder had to win an NBA ring, and history will probably remember the Thunder as a great team that couldn’t get over the hump. Fortunately, Westbrook is the type who uses this as motivation, which could lead to a historic season of triple doubles and wild stat lines from this incredible human.

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