The first meeting between the Lakers and Thunder was a game without defense, the total soared over the 210 mark in what was a sloppy, penetrating matchup. This time around things for the Lakers at least won’t be any better, they are doing to only 8 healthy players, with the return of Steve Nash this week, then almost immediate exit with yet another leg injury. The Thunder are on a roll, blasting past teams with the NBA´s scoring leader Kevin Durant who is averaging 33+ points and 7+ rebounds a game.
Durant has the ability to join a very elite club in this game by scoring 30+ points and 7 rebounds he will be only the third player alongside LeBron James and the great Michael Jordan to average thirty and seven for the entire first half of the season leading up to the all-star break. I expect he will hit that mark fairly easily given the lack of defense from the Lakers side, I also expect the Thunder to settle for more jumpers in this game as caution themselves for the upcoming break, win or lose for them will not affect anything at this point.
The Lakers are starting a team that Jack Nicolson couldn’t even name, even their rooky Young is out with a hip issue, meaning the two 10 days contract players they brought up from the D-League will get great playing time to show coaches and fans they should be keepers on the roster. This is a lost season already and I expect a full makeover of this team turning the offseason. In this game the guys with something to prove will take their chance at self promotion to see if they can get hot. The Thunder win this game by 14+ points while the total stays under the 200 mark.