The Lakers swept the season series from the Thunder a year ago for the second straight year. The Lakers are 2-1 on the season but they are 0-3 versus the basketball betting pointspread.
NBA betting on the Lakers is always popular but it is not always profitable. The Lakers blew the cover on Sunday night as they won over Atlanta by eight points as 8.5 point NBA betting favorites. The Lakers are 10-1 in their last 11 games against Oklahoma City and have won the last night. The Lakers have now played four times during the regular season at Ford Center in Oklahoma City, going 0-2 against the New Orleans Hornets while the team was temporarily located there and 2-0 against the Thunder.
In 46 career games including 39 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.9 points against the Thunder. In the last nine NBA betting meetings those numbers are even higher as he has averaged 30.8 points per game against Oklahoma City.
If you are going to start NBA betting on the Lakers, the time to do it is when they are on the road. The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. Laying points though is not something you want to do with Los Angeles in basketball betting. The Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite. One thing to remember in this NBA betting matchup is that the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
Oklahoma City has really not done very well at home in basketball betting of late. The Thunder are 2-7 in their last 9 home games. It is just as bad when they are getting points at home as they are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a home NBA betting underdog.
The Lakers are known as a basketball betting team that scores points but they have gone under the total 10 of the last 12 times as a road favorite. 10 of their last 12 NBA betting games vs. the Western Conference have gone under. 7 of their last 9 games vs. the Northwest division have gone under in NBA betting. In fact, 36 of the last 53 Los Angeles games have gone under the NBA betting total. 35 of the last 52 Oklahoma City home games have gone under. Four of the last five games between the Lakers and Thunder have gone under the NBA betting total.