Posted: 1/27/2013 12:17:52 PM
For the conspiracy people...this is OKC's 6th road game in a road. That is factoring into the line. There is no "black hand." Long road trips knock down the value on most NBA teams. However that being said, if anything you are seeing value on the Thunder.
The Lakers play 0 defense and now are playing an offensive juggernaut that just won't quit. Not saying Lakers have no chance of winning (that's why they play the games.) But they are not going to give out the true line when this team is on a long roadtrip.
Personally I don't think it will have an effect on OKC vs these sad Lakers. OKC did also beat the clippers pretty handily in the same arena earlier on this road trip. LAC is a playoff bound, good team. Unless they lay an egg today, Lakers can't hang.
But don't get me wrong, they play the games for a reason. Lakers as a +3.5 dog aren't necessarily going to just lay down and take it. But to say the Lakers win because this is a "trap game" or whatever is just foolish. Long road trip, the Lakers do have talent, and finally have all their players healthy and playing together.
Moral of the story, take OKC or just don't play it. Lakers could certainly cover but all the value is on OKC. Line too short to consider Lakers.