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NBA Odds — Oklahoma City Hell Bent on Revenge in Hosting Lakers

The Oklahoma City Thunder find themselves again behind the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the Western Conference, and one of the reasons for that is an inexplicable loss suffered to the Los Angeles Lakers last Sunday night. Now the Thunder gets an opportunity for quick revenge, in NBA betting action that takes place at 9:35 PM ET at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. It is the second half of a doubleheader that will be televised live on TNT.

With a 47-17 straight-up record, Oklahoma City has relinquished the lead in the West, as San Antonio has gotten hot. When Oklahoma City lost to the Lakers a came on the heels of its feet suffered at the hands of the Phoenix Suns. In many ways, the game that took place at the Staples Center should have never gone the Lakers’ way. After all, Oklahoma City got out to an 18-point lead and had a +23 rebounding advantage. Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, had a triple-double.

But the Lakers got an explosion out of Jodie Meeks, who scored 42 points, his career-high, and Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook hit only seven of his 23 shots, taking many of them ill-advisedly, and Oklahoma City, which was a 12.5-point favorite in the basketball betting odds, came out a 114-110 loser.

In the NBA odds that have been posted on this rematch at WagerWeb, the Thunder lays significant points:

Oklahoma City Thunder -16.5
Los Angeles Lakers +16.5

Over 227.5 points -110
Under 227.5 points -110

To Oklahoma City’s credit, they were able to bounce back after that loss to stymie Houston on the way to 106-98 victory over the Rockets. But you can bet they have Jodie Meeks on their mind for Thursday night’s action. Durant has obviously been a consistent scoring machine for the Thunder, as he’s tallied 25 points or more for 29 straight games. And Los Angeles, which is playing at a quicker pace these days, has allowed almost 130 points over its last four contests.

WagerWeb customers cannot ignore all of the rumors that have been swirling around the Lakers, involving whether they might be able to pry Phil Jackson away from the New York Knicks, where, according to superstar Carmelo Anthony, he had agreed to go ahead up the basketball operation. Internal strife within the Buss family has made Jackson hesitate about taking a job with the Lakers, but there is a family tie, in that Jackson is engaged to Jeannie Buss, the co-owner of the team. Yes, it’s like a soap opera.

And basketball bettors know that Kobe Bryant could not help but add to the drama, as he inferred, in so many words, that ownership needs to grow up and hire Jackson. There have also been reports that Bryant does not want any part of the Lakers’ current “rebuilding” project, that he is sitting out the rest of the year because of it, and that he does not want to play for coach Mike D’Antoni next season.

This is the fourth meeting between the two clubs. On December 13 the Thunder took care of business rather easily, with a 122-97 win at home, but before the All-Star break they seem distracted, as they won a 107-103 decision at Staples, failing to cover as a road favorite against the NBA odds.

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