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NBA Championship Odds – Lakers, Thunder all knotted up in the City of Angels

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 08:05

Thunder vs. Lakers oddsIf you’re checking out Kentucky Derby odds, you may be familiar with longshots, but there may not be a bigger longshot in the NBA than Oklahoma City, who stomped a hole in the defending NBA champions in Game 4 at home. However, the Staples Center has been a house of horrors for this franchise as of late, and the Lakers will come out with a vengeance in Game 5 on Tuesday. 

Thunder vs Lakers odds – Tuesday, April 27, 10:30 PM ET 

If someone would have told you that the Thunder would be the Lakers by 21 points in any given game in this series, would you have believed them? That’s what happened in a 110-89 pasting by Oklahoma City, and they did with defense as they held the Lakers to 41.5% from the field, which offset a 40.8% night by the Thunder. Kevin Durant led the way with 22 points, while Russell Westbrook was next with 18 points, eight boards and six assists, and the Lakers haven’t shown any ability to slow down the lightning-quick point guard from California. The Thunder also had 20 more attempts at the charity stripe than the Lakers, going 42-of-48 in Game 4.

 

The Lakers 17-of-28 from the foul line, but that was just one of many problems for the champs. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum tied for the team high with 13 points, while Kobe Bryant was held to 12 points and spent the final part of the game in the dressing room getting treatment on his injured right knee. The Lakers’ star has battled injuries all season and they appear to be taking their toll, but if there is one thing you never do in the NBA, it is count out Kobe Bryant. 

The Lakers will be the basketball betting favorites in this contest as they won the first two games of the series in Los Angeles, where the Thunder haven’t won since March 2006, a span of nine games, although they did improve their play in a 95-92 loss in Game 2.  This is the time where experience is probably going to make the difference, and the Lakers didn’t seem bothered by their performance in Game 4. They’re upset, but they also know that two of the last three games in this series could come on their home floor, and the ball is in their court.  This series has been an excellent learning experience for the Thunder, who have exceeded every expectation, but they fed off their crowd a lot in Oklahoma City, and they won’t have that going into Los Angeles. Take the Lakers in your sports betting picks.

 
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