NBA Playoffs odds bettors recall how well the Thunder played against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA basketball playoffs and they are impressed with their improved play in 2011.
The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night with a starting time of 9:30 PM ET and a telecast on NBA TV. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this Western Conference matchup that could be a preview for the 2011 playoffs so be sure and open your account today.
Oklahoma City is a much improved team over the squad that emerged last year as a legitimate contender in NBA Playoffs betting. The Thunder had a record of 50-25 straight up and was 39-35-1 against the spread. Oklahoma City was 20-17 against the spread on the road and was 18-19 under the total as a visitor.
OKC was an outstanding offensive team that ranked 5th in the NBA for scoring but their defense is a major concern heading into the playoffs as it ranked a poor 18th for points allowed. Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 27.8 points per game.
The Lakers were just 15-22 with the NBA odds at home as their traditional role as an overlay on their home court has been sustained. The Lakers were 15-22 under the total as a host.
The Lakers problems with board value are due to their immense popularity with the general betting public as a name brand team that draws way too much action to sustain any consistent pointspread value.
The Thunder have failed to get the money in their last 4 matchups with the Lakers as the series has gone under the total in 3 consecutive games. Oklahoma City has had their share of struggles at Los Angeles as of late with just 1 payout in their last 4 visits as 7 of the last 10 meetings between these two teams in LA have gone under the total.
Keep in mind that the Lakers on covered 2 of the 6 games between these two teams last year with the NBA Playoffs Odds as the Thunder demonstrated their ability to hang with the Lake Show.