The Oklahoma City Thunder are basically locked into the sixth seed in the western conference, comfortably in the playoffs. Their last game was a loss to a tough Denver team but the Thunder limited the Denver Nuggets to 7-of-25 shooting from three and smothered Utah from deep and limited them to only 8-for-31 from distance, they play aggressive on-ball defence always having a man on the perimeter closing out on shoots. OKC has been defending the three all season results, ranking third in the NBA in defending the perimeter. The Thunder are still without Dennis Shroder who is the team's third-leading scorer (18.9 ppg).
It's cold in LA (Orlando)
With their last win, the Lakers have clinched the number 1 seed in the western conference so the rest of the games are to get ready for the postseason, as a result, we may be seeing less of Anthony Davis and Lebron James. Since the restart, the Lakers are cold from long-range (Danny NOT Green) shooting just 31.1% from three, 29th in the NBA. The lakers are at their best when Anthony Davis is playing well and he dominated his first two games scoring 34 and 42 in both, but when they faced the Toronto Raptors he struggled with only 14 points because the Raptors have a lot of big bodies to throw at him and take the ball out of his hands. The Thunder also play an aggressive style of defence and has some big boys like Nerlens Noel and Steven Adams to help suffocate AD.
This game and all the games have a lot of unknowns due to the strangeness that is the NBA bubble, we don't know if a team's stars are going to play or for how long. The Lakers have not been shooting it well from the perimeter so far and they rely heavily on both their stars to play well, the OKC Thunder play aggressive defence challenging you from the perimeter and in the paint. If they learnt anything from the Raptors they will force the ball out of AD's hands by throwing their big boys, Nerlens Noel and Steven Adams to suffocate the whole game.
Smash Thunder ML (+190)
Hit the under for the brick Lakers (218.0)