THUNDER V LAKERS

Oklahoma City will be hosting the Lakers on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena and people are expecting so much from the two teams.

However, Los Angeles’ LeBron James is expected to miss the match after still suffering from the old injury in the groin.

Without the most priced power forward, the Lakers’ will be hoping more competitive performances from Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, JaVale McGee, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to face one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles are in a very bad form though for a team in their standing, winning only three games in their last eight matches.

The Lakers’ most recent losses include an upset from Cleveland last Monday at Staples. Cedi Osman scored 20 points, to which Collin Sexton added 17 to beat the 29 points from Kyle Kuzma and to lead the Cavaliers to a 101-95 victory over Los Angeles.

The Lakers also lost to Utah last Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena, where the Donovan Mitchell made 33 points and career-high nine assists to beat the 17 points from Michael Beasley to foster a 113-95 win over Los Angeles.

What could have been a three-game skid was only snapped when the Lakers made a 107-100 win over Chicago last Wednesday at staples where Lonzo Ball made 19 points complemented by 17 from Caldwell-Pope to top the 18 points from the Bulls’ Jabari Parker.

With LeBron out in Los Angeles’ upcoming Friday game, Kuzma and company will be left to the most powerful strike of lightnings from Thunder such as Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

People are not just theoretically certain of this Oklahoma City edge over the Lakers, but also practically as the Thunder beat Los Angeles earlier this month at Staples. George made 37 points that night whilst taking solid heckles from a hostile LA crowd.

The Lakers have been struck at home by the Thunder, and they will get toasted more in another match with Oklahoma away from Staples.

So, tipsters are giving a line of Oklahoma City -10 to Over/Under 226.

PACERS V 76ERS

Indiana will be looking for a third consecutive win on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as they will be hosting the 76ers.

The Pacers lost both to the Raptors and Celtics prior to their most recent victories.

Boston are hot last week after thrashing the Pacers in a 135-108 Celtics win over Indiana at TD Garden. Marcus Morris made 22 points with eight rebounds combined with the 20 points from Jayson Tatum to beat the 20 points from Domantas Sabonis.

The Pacers also fell to the Raptors earlier this month at Scotiabank Arena. Pascal Siakam made 12 points and 10 rebounds to secure a 121-105 Toronto win with the season-high 23 points from Norman Powell. Bojan Bogdanovic only made 21 points that night.

Indiana have been lucky lately with victories over the teams with the worst records in the league season so far.

Last Saturday, the Pacers thrashed the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, where Sabonis made 22 points and 15 rebounds. The match ended in a 121-106 Indiana win over the Knicks.

Furthermore, Indiana’s latest win is a 131-97 hammering of the Phoenix Suns last Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where Bogdanovic made 20 points to top the 18 from TJ Warren.

What the Pacers will be facing this Friday, however, are no teams with bad record.

Philadelphia are in a good form so far with only two losses out of their eight wins.

They have a lost last Saturday to the Atlanta Hawks 123-121 and to the Washington Wizards 106-123. Nonetheless, they have since recovered with a 108-105 win over the New york Knicks. They also hammered Minnesota in to a 149-107 76ers’ win over the Timberwolves.

The Pacers, nevertheless, get the line of -3 to Over/Under 224.5.

HORNETS V KINGS

Charlotte just broke a three-game skid last Tuesday at AT&T Center where Kemba Walker scored 33 points to beat the 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and to lead the Hornets to a 108-93 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Charlotte’s defeats were bad in their most recent losing streak with two from them guaranteed the thrash of the Hornets.

Last week, the Hornets fell to a 109-128 defeat to the LA Clippers in Charlotte’s visit to the Staples Center. Malik Monk scored 24 points that night, but not enough to top the 27 points and 10 assists from Lou Williams and frustrate a Clippers’ victory.

Charlotte also lost to the Trail Blazers last Saturday at Moda Center. Kemba Walker was not able to equalize 30 points from CJ McCollum and the 20 points added for Portland from Damian Lillard.

The Hornets also lost to the Hornets 104-97 last Sunday at Golden 1 Center, where Walker made 31 points, but not enough to spoil the 22 points from Bogdan Bogdanovic with a stunning double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds from Willie Cauley-Stein.

They have just lost to the Kings, and the Hornets will be bracing themselves for another lost or seek some sweet retaliation, as Charlotte will play host to Sacramento this coming Friday at Spectrum.

Sacramento are on fire lately with a three-game unbeaten streak.

The Kings will also be flexing a victory over Portland last Tuesday at Golden 1. De’Aaron Fox made 16 points and a crucial 3-pointer at 1:30 remaining. Buddy Hield also added 19 points to lead a 115-107 win over the Trail Blazers despite the 35 points from Damian Lillard.

The Kings will be bragging their win over Portland to their upcoming rivals the Hornets, which are given a line of -2 to Over/Under 230.

By @FitsEly

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