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Thunder vs Lakers Free Pick April 22, 2012

The Playoff picture is coming into focus. Only two spots in the West remain open and those will be clinched before the weekend is over. On April 22, two of the top three qualifying teams for the playoffs will hook up at the Staples Center. The Oklahoma City Thunder visits the Los Angeles Lakers in a key matchup for LA.

The Lakers are still fighting the Los Angeles Clippers for the Pacific Division title and the third spot in the conference playoffs. Los Angeles has a record o 40-24, just a half game better than the Clippers. The Lakers are 6-4 SU in their last 10 games and on Friday night had Kobe Bryant back in the lineup after being out for six games. Nevertheless, the Lakers lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

Oklahoma City has the second best record in the West at 46-17 and has won two straight games and 6 of 10. The Thunder has clinched their division title and is just a half game behind the Spurs for the top spot and home court advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

In head to head matchups, the teams are split. Both teams are 5-5 SU in the last ten games between them. The Thunder is 6-3-1 ATS in those same 10 games. The total in the 10 games has been UNDER 6 times and OVER 4 times. This season the teams have met on two occasions. The Thunder is 2-0 SU and ATS in those two matchups. In both games, the point total cashed out to UNDER bettors.

The game is critical for the Lakers, as they must win to stay ahead of the Clippers as the season winds down to a close. Not only could they lose first place to the Clippers, they could also drop as far back as fifth place as the Memphis Grizzlies are only a game and a half behind them. Take the Lakers to win this “must” win big time game with the point total UNDER.

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting

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