NBA: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City 9:30E ESPN

NBA: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City 9:30E ESPN

NBA: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City 9:30E ESPN

2010-04-30

The people of the United States are known for their short attention spans and ever increasing shorter memories. In this celebrity-status world, itís easy to jump on the latest fad and forget about what is tried and true. Such was demonstrated on Wednesday night in Los Angeles when the Lakers easily turned back the hard charging, public beloved Thunder. Game 6 of the first round series is set for Friday in Oklahoma City with L.A. having a chance to close it out. The hosts are 1.5-point favorite though according to Sportsbook.com.

The basketball world has become infatuated with latest new kids on the block, the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are young, talented, and fearless and their youth doesnít allow them to be discouraged for long.

The eminent demise of the Los Angeles Lakers has been discussed from coast to coast on talk radio and every chatroom and blog one could stumble upon. The world had lost track of just how good the Lakers can be last playing a complete basketball game on Mar. 12 in Phoenix, 21 games ago or a lifetime in todayís hectic world.

But the Lakers came prepared, executed their game plan Tuesday evening, integrating all the parts of the triangle offense to perfection and showed why gold and purple still matters. L.A. is 26-15 ATS after failing to cover three of their last four.

Oklahoma City gladly returns home, even faced with elimination and is a 1.5-point favorite with total of 194.5. The Thunder is thunderous 15-5 ATS off a road loss and uncanny 27-8 ATS after failing to cover the number. OKC is 13-3 UNDER at the Ford Center after wearing the visiting blue togs. The Lakers will seek to deliver the knockout blow, but are 1-9 ATS off a cover. Kobe and company are 22-8 UNDER with two daysí rest.

Obviously plenty of powerful StatFox Trends accompany this game. In case youíre still up in the air, the StatFox Game Estimator projects a 102-97 OKC win.


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