Friday, January 21 2022

Who’s Playing

Oklahoma City @ Los Angeles

Current Records: Oklahoma City 1-6; Los Angeles 5-3

What to Know

The Los Angeles Lakers’ homestand continues as they prepare to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at 10:30 p.m. ET Nov. 4 at Staples Center. The Lakers are out to keep their four-game home win streak alive.

It was a close one, but on Tuesday Los Angeles sidestepped the Houston Rockets for a 119-117 victory. The overall outcome was to be expected, but Houston made it more of a contest than the oddsmakers had predicted. Los Angeles relied on the efforts of small forward LeBron James, who dropped a double-double on 30 points and ten dimes, and point guard Russell Westbrook, who had 27 points and seven assists in addition to nine rebounds.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma City was within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Monday as they fell 99-94 to the Los Angeles Clippers. Point guard Theo Maledon wasn’t much of a difference maker for OKC; Maledon finished with only seven points on 3-for-10 shooting in his 28 minutes on the court.

This next matchup looks promising for the Lakers, who are favored by a full 10.5 points. They may be expected to win, but bettors beware: they are only 1-5 against the spread when favored.

Los Angeles is now 5-3 while the Thunder sit at 1-6. Two offensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Los Angeles enters the game with a 48.20% field goal percentage, good for second best in the league. On the other end of the spectrum, OKC has only been able to knock down 41.10% percent of their shots, which is the second lowest field goal percentage in the league. We’ll see if the Lakers’ 7.10% advantage translates to a win.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Staples Center — Los Angeles, California
  • TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $26.00


The Lakers are a big 10.5-point favorite against the Thunder, according to the latest NBA odds.

Bettors have moved against the Lakers slightly, as the game opened with the Lakers as a 13-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Oklahoma City have won 12 out of their last 22 games against Los Angeles.

  • Oct 27, 2021 – Oklahoma City 123 vs. Los Angeles 115
  • Feb 10, 2021 – Los Angeles 114 vs. Oklahoma City 113
  • Feb 08, 2021 – Los Angeles 119 vs. Oklahoma City 112
  • Jan 13, 2021 – Los Angeles 128 vs. Oklahoma City 99
  • Aug 05, 2020 – Oklahoma City 105 vs. Los Angeles 86
  • Jan 11, 2020 – Los Angeles 125 vs. Oklahoma City 110
  • Nov 22, 2019 – Los Angeles 130 vs. Oklahoma City 127
  • Nov 19, 2019 – Los Angeles 112 vs. Oklahoma City 107
  • Apr 02, 2019 – Oklahoma City 119 vs. Los Angeles 103
  • Jan 17, 2019 – Los Angeles 138 vs. Oklahoma City 128
  • Jan 02, 2019 – Oklahoma City 107 vs. Los Angeles 100
  • Feb 08, 2018 – Los Angeles 106 vs. Oklahoma City 81
  • Feb 04, 2018 – Los Angeles 108 vs. Oklahoma City 104
  • Jan 17, 2018 – Oklahoma City 114 vs. Los Angeles 90
  • Jan 03, 2018 – Oklahoma City 133 vs. Los Angeles 96
  • Feb 24, 2017 – Oklahoma City 110 vs. Los Angeles 93
  • Nov 22, 2016 – Los Angeles 111 vs. Oklahoma City 109
  • Oct 30, 2016 – Oklahoma City 113 vs. Los Angeles 96
  • Apr 11, 2016 – Oklahoma City 112 vs. Los Angeles 79
  • Jan 08, 2016 – Oklahoma City 117 vs. Los Angeles 113
  • Dec 23, 2015 – Oklahoma City 120 vs. Los Angeles 85
  • Dec 19, 2015 – Oklahoma City 118 vs. Los Angeles 78

Injury Report for Los Angeles

  • Dwight Howard: Game-Time Decision (Neck)
  • Kendrick Nunn: Out (Knee)
  • Talen Horton-Tucker: Out (Thumb)
  • LeBron James: Out (Abdomen)
  • Trevor Ariza: Out (Ankle)

Injury Report for Oklahoma City

  • Gabriel Deck: Out (Heel)



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