Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder 2/7/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder 2/7/23
Tue 7th February 2023

The Los Angeles Lakers (25-29, 13-12 Home) welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder (25-28, 9-17 Away) Tuesday in a matchup of fast-paced teams.

Oklahoma City is playing on back-to-back days after being blown out by the Golden State Warriors 141-114 at Chase Center yesterday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the scoring leader in the loss with 20 points.

Aaron Wiggins was another standout performer with 19 points. The Thunder are 12th in the Western Conference. Los Angeles came up short on Saturday at Smoothie King Center, falling to the New Orleans Pelicans 131-126.

Anthony Davis had 34 points and 14 rebounds in the loss, carrying the team. The Lakers are 13th in the Western Conference. The teams are meeting for the first time this season. Oklahoma City and Los Angeles split their matchups last season, each team taking two.

The Lakers got the win in the last meeting 120-101 at Arena in April 2022. Stanley Johnson led the Lakers with 21 points and eight rebounds. Jaylen Hoard had 27 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 30.8 points per game, sixth-highest in the league, to lead the Thunder in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Josh Giddey is contributing 8.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. LeBron James (30.0 ppg) has supplied much of the Lakers’ offense. He ranks as the seventh-highest scorer in the NBA.

James also has collected 8.5 rebounds per game. Russell Westbrook has recorded 7.5 assists per game. Expect plenty of transition action in this matchup that showcases two of the league’s most fast-paced teams, as the Lakers and the Thunder rank first and fourth, respectively, in possessions per game.

The Lakers have found success in recent meetings between the teams at Arena, winning six of the last 10. Meanwhile, the Thunder are 2-4 when playing on consecutive nights this season and 2-3 with a rest disadvantage.

The Lakers are 5-3 with a rest advantage.In the last 10 games, Oklahoma City is 5-5 with an average margin of +2.5 (118.9-116.4). Los Angeles has also split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 119.7 points per game on average while scoring only 117.4 (-2.3 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Tre Mann: 10.4 | 8.2 | +2.2


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Thomas Bryant: 13.2 | 19.9 | -6.6
Points per game:
Lonnie Walker IV: 9.0 | 13.9 | -4.9
Rebounds per game:
Thomas Bryant: 4.6 | 6.9 | -2.2

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LA Lakers -6.5 (-110)

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