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The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in game two of their western conference semifinal series. The Thunder won the first game of the series 116-90 in a blowout. The Lakers were weary from their seven game series against the Nuggets and did not have any energy from the opening tipoff.

The Thunder has the more talented team. In game one, they only turned the ball over four times and shot over 53% from the field. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the two players that led the team in scoring all season combined for 52 of the Thunder’s 116 points. James Harden chipped in with 17 points.

The key to the game and the key to the series just may be the turnovers. The Thunder averaged over 16 turnovers each game in the regular season, the worst in the entire league. On Monday night, they only turned it over on four occasions. The Lakers averaged six steals per game during the season, the league’s worst in that category, and Monday they only had one.

Los Angeles must stop Westbrook. He made 10 of the 15 shots he took. He has changed from last season to this season and has improved his pull up jump shot. Westbrook, to go along with his 27 points, had a team high 9 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Bryant led the Lakers with 20 points but needs to get others involved in the offense. The team is better off if he scores between 20 and 30 and others chip in. Ramon Sessions only scored two points on the night. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol must step up in the remaining games of the series otherwise, the Thunder will sweep the Lakers in four.

The early line has the Thunder as a 7-point favorite. The total is sitting at 191 ½. Smart money bettors will put their money behind the Thunder to take game two less the points. The total will cash out to those taking the OVER.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting

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