Free NBA Picks Today: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers 3/1/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers 3/1/23
Wed 1st March 2023

Expect an up-tempo game when the Los Angeles Lakers (29-33, 14-19 Away) travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-33, 17-14 Home) on Wednesday. Both teams will be playing the second of a back-to-back. The Lakers are 5-4 without a day off, while the Thunder are 3-5.

Los Angeles lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 121-109 at FedExForum yesterday. With 28 points, 19 rebounds, and five blocks, Anthony Davis was a top performer in the losing effort. The Lakers are the 12th seed in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City lost their fourth in a row yesterday at Paycom Center, falling to the Sacramento Kings 123-117. Jalen Williams had 27 points and eight assists in the loss, leading the team. The Thunder are 13th in the Western Conference.

The teams are meeting for the final time this season. After winning the only previous season matchup against Los Angeles 133-130 at Arena on February 7, Oklahoma City will be looking for a season sweep.

LeBron James led the game in scoring with 38 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 30 points and eight assists for the Thunder. James is averaging 29.5 points per game, seventh-highest in the NBA, to lead the Lakers in scoring this season. James also has grabbed 8.4 rebounds per game.

Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook is dishing 7.5 assists. Gilgeous-Alexander has powered the Thunder on offense, averaging 31.0 points per game. He ranks as the fifth-highest scorer in the NBA. Josh Giddey is collecting 7.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

Expect plenty of transition offense in this matchup that showcases two of the league’s most fast-paced teams, as the Lakers are first in possessions per game while the Thunder are third. The Lakers are 6-4 in the last 10 trips to Paycom Center.

In the last 10 games, Los Angeles is 5-5 with an average margin of +0.0 (116.2-116.2). Oklahoma City has gone 4-6 over the last 10, scoring 123.7 points per game on average while holding opponents to 121.1 (+2.6 margin). The Thunder are averaging 117.8 ppg for the full season while allowing 116.7.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Lonnie Walker IV: 10.6 | 16.4 | -5.8
Points per game:
LeBron James: 20.0 | 29.5 | -9.5


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Isaiah Joe: 18.8 | 12.3 | +6.5
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: 8.0 | 13.1 | -5.1
Points per game:
Isaiah Joe: 14.4 | 8.9 | +5.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

OKC Thunder (-165)

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