Struggling Lakers Need to Bounce Back Against Oklahoma Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

It’s been a forgettable few months for the LA Lakers, who find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference with 25 defeats from their opening 36 games, and they will come into this clash with Oklahoma City Thunder off the back of seven consecutive losses.

Their opponents have been in decent form and will be hoping to take advantage of their out-of-sorts hosts when the two sides meet on January 3rd. William Hill are just one of many Canadian sportsbooks recommended here at BettingTop10 for their comprehensive NBA Betting markets and they have priced up Oklahoma City Thunder as -110 favourites to finish as winner of the North West Division this season.

They currently trail Minnesota Timberwolves at the summit but will be hoping to get back to winning ways here. The Lakers have recently suffered at the hands of the Timberwolves, losing 114-96 on January 1st, with Jimmy Butler the standout player; he claimed 28 points to secure his side a vital victory. That loss followed a heartbreaking overtime defeat against the Houston Rockets, a game in which a young Lakers side deserved much more.

Coach Luke Walton has bemoaned his side’s slow starts to games and suggested they were lacking energy during their loss to the Timberwolves as well as casting a wearisome assessment on his side’s knack of gifting turnovers to the opposition during the first quarter. Injuries haven’t helped their cause with Brook Lopez, Brandon Ingram, and the influential Lonzo Ball all missing large parts of the festive fixture list.

Many media outlets are making their NBA predictions for 2018 and a Lakers resurgence is unlikely to be amongst them. Constant line-up alterations and the blooding of young, inexperienced players hasn’t helped consistency within the squad and they will be hoping to use their upcoming home matches to build momentum. The tide must surely turn soon for the beleaguered Lakers.