NBA Betting Odds — Lakers Try to Avoid Record For Futility as They Host Thunder

The Los Angeles Lakers have hit the skids amidst a slew of injuries. In fact, they probably leave the entire league in games lost by key players. So BetDSI patrons can understand that they are not exactly well-equipped to take the floor against the best team in the Western Conference. Yet that is what they have to do in order to have a chance to avoid setting a franchise record for the most consecutive losses at home. The Oklahoma City Thunder comes to Los Angeles on Thursday night, in NBA betting action that will tip off at 10:35 PM ET at the Staples Center, which by now has become something of a house of horrors for the Lakers.

This is a team that was actually at the .500 mark at one time, but then the injuries started to come, and kept coming… and coming… and coming. A 5-21 record in their last 26 games has taken the Lakers squarely out of any consideration for a playoff spot in the West, and now they are in danger of setting a milestone for futility that has been unmatched since they moved from Minneapolis.

We are willing to wager that most basketball bettors didn’t even know they WERE headquartered in Minneapolis at one time.

With a straight up record of 18-34, this team will have its work cut out for it in an effort to escape the cellar in the West, but interestingly enough, for a team that has in past seasons struggled to cover the basketball pointspread because it was overpriced, this Los Angeles squad has actually made a slight profit for its backers, with a record of 27-23 against the basketball odds.

Oklahoma City has simply been stellar all the way around. They are in first position in the West at 42-12, and they have been great performers against the oddsmaker’s line, with a 32-22 ledger.

In the NBA betting odds that have been posted at BetDSI for this particular game, the Thunder lays some heavy lumber:

Oklahoma City Thunder -10.5
Los Angeles Lakers +10.5

Over 206 points -110
Under 206 points -110

To give you an idea of what kind of season it has been, after losing the likes of Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Pau Gasol, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and others, the Lakers at least got some good news last week when Steve Nash was pronounced fit to play. But against Utah two nights ago, his back was acting up and he also had a recurrence of his leg injury, and that was enough to get him yanked from that game and place him in “doubtful” status for this one. The Jazz held the Lakers to 39% from the field and 79 points, in what was the sixth straight loss at the Staples Center and a failed attempt to cover as a two-point home favorite in the NBA betting odds.

Is there something to look forward to? Well, Steve Blake, who would be the starting point guard, is listed as probable for this game, and there appear to be better days ahead as the Lakers should be getting back some of their injured players after the All-Star break. Coach Mike D’Antoni, who may be in the position of having to save his job over the last 30 games, would certainly like to see that happen. No, it won’t mean a playoff spot this year. But at least the Lakers (+525 on the money line at BetDSI to win straight-up) can have an opportunity to evaluate personnel and decide what kind of moves they want to make in the off-season.

There is a bright spot with a former All-Star who has been cast into a key role at the center spot, by necessity. Chris Kaman says that he didn’t expect to play so much, but there really has been no other choice. He scored 25 points against Utah, and had 27 in the previous contest against Chicago. His total constituted almost one-third of the Lakers’ points in these two games. So he’ll be needed to combat Kevin Durant, Reggie Jackson, and oh yes, shot-blocker Serge Ibaka, in this one.

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