Lakers vs. Thunder preview (Game 54 of 82)

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  • When: Sunday, 04 February at 1:00 pm CST
  • Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
  • TV: ABC
  • Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM, 930 AM (Spanish))
  • Line: OKC -9.5 | O/U – 220.5

Luke Walton on why the Los Angeles Lakers struggle against the Oklahoma City Thunder:

 

 

Pre-game sights:

Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle of the Lakers warming up before the Lakers vs. Thunder game (Alex Roig/NTTB)

Larry Nance Jr. of the Lakers warms up in preparation for the Lakers vs. Thunder game (Alex Roig/NTTB)

Jerami Grant and Alex Abrines of the Thunder warming up before the Lakers vs. Thunder game (Alex Roig/NTTB)

Jerami Grant of the Thunder warming up for the Lakers vs. Thunder game. (Alex Roig/NTTB)

Looking At The Numbers

30.5 The average margin of victory for the Thunder in their previous two match-ups against the Lakers. As professionals, you can bet the Lakers will be looking to exact some sort of revenge for those beat-downs.

50% – The percentage of total points the Lakers get in the paint. They rank first in the league in this category. Lots of dribble penetration. The problem for the Lakers is that they also rank last in the league in 3-point percentage. Add that with the fact the Thunder’s defensive identity is one of a team that defends the paint at all cost, and you kind of see why the Thunder have won their previous two match-ups convicingly.

68.9% – If you thought the Thunder were bad at free throws, I introduce you to the Lakers.

 

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