LA Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Pro Basketball Betting Preview

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to close out the LA Lakers when the teams meet for game five of their best of seven NBA playoff series. The Lakers and Thunder will tip from Oklahoma City at 6:30PM Eastern Time and TNT will carry the game over live national television.

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The current odds posted at Oddsmaker has the home team Oklahoma City Thunder -7 1/2 point favorites in game five with the over under lined at 192 ½ points. Bettors wagering on the Oklahoma City Thunder on the money line will take back -385 odds. Those who believe that the LA Lakers can win game five tonight outright can get back +315 odds for their money line wager.

After winning the first two in Oklahoma City the Thunder was able to split the two games in LA to earn a close out opportunity at home in game five. LA has been miserable when facing elimination games with gutless efforts last year at Dallas and when facing elimination a few years ago were blown off the court by the Boston Celtics. In the back end of a back to back in game four the Lakers defense escaped them as Oklahoma City shot 49.4% from the floor in their 103-100 defeat to the Thunder as a +1 ½ point home underdog in another fourth quarter meltdown.

Instead of Kobe Bryant earning goat status as he did in game two this time the blame falls squarely on the shoulder of Pau Gasol who seems to be playing with energy in reserve. With the Summer Olympics upcoming one has to wonder if Gasol is saving himself for his National Team appearance with Spain and not letting it all out for not only this playoff series or for the entire season. Gasol has not involved himself nor engaged in games as we have seen in the years prior during his tenure with LA and even going back to when he was with the Memphis Grizzlies. Possibly with Gasol feeling a little resentment at the Lakers for offering to trade him to New Orleans his attitude changed. It is hard to back LA tonight since the wheels may have come off the wagon defensively.

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