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Thunder vs Lakers Free Pick May 18, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Friday night May 18 in Los Angeles for game three of their semifinal series in the western conference. The Thunder has won the first two games on their home court. In game one, the Thunder routed the Lakers 119-90, while in game two the final was much closer 77-75.

In the second game, Kevin Durant scored 22 points, hauled down seven rebound and dished out five assists. He scored the basket that put the Thunder ahead for good with just 18 ticks left on the clock. The game was a devastating loss for the Lakers who led 74-69 with less than two minutes in the game.

Turnovers late in the game did in the Lakers. Bryant turned over the ball that led to a Thunder dunk and guard Steve Blake made a bad bass that resulted in another miscue and Thunder hoop. Bryant also took a three-pointer and missed with his team behind by a single point. Over that short stretch, the Lakers saw a five point lead turn into a two-point loss.

The Lakers will look to rebound from the two losses and win the first of two home games on Friday. The defense for Los Angeles was much improved and was able to control Russell Westbrook and shut down most of the Thunder’s offense.

Bryant played well the entire game until crunch time, which is not common for the veteran. The loss is one the Lakers will have a hard time over coming but will have to try to put it behind them and move on.

The line has not opened as of yet for the game, but in this game the Thunder will win by more than the two points they won in game one and will put the Lakers’ backs to the wall. Take the Thunder less the points, as they will be favored and the total will end OVER.

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012 2011-2012, NBA Betting

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