Thunder Rally to Beat Lakers Again, This Time as +400 Moneyline Underdogs

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  • The OKC Thunder rallied from 19 points down as +400 underdogs to beat the L.A. Lakers 107-104 on Thursday night.
  • Last October 27th, the Thunder also came back from a 26-point deficit and a +2800 live odds to beat the Lakers 123-115.
  • OKC is just 2-6 on the season but their two wins have come against the Lakers.

The Los Angeles Lakers could easily be 7-2 right now and the OKC Thunder 0-8. But just like Superman had kryptonite, the 2021-22 Lakers have well, the OKC Thunder. Or so it seems.

On Thursday night, the Thunder rallied from 19 points down to beat the Lakers 107-104 as heavy betting underdogs. By doing so, OKC is only the 5th team in the last 25 years to win multiple games where they trailed by 19 points against a single opponent in a single season. As a result, the Lakers’ three-game winning streak is no more and they are 5-4 SU on the season while the Thunder are 2-6 SU instead.

Thunder are 2-0 Against Lakers and 0-6 Against Everyone Else

Somehow, the Oklahoma City Thunder ae 2-0 SU against the Los Angeles Lakers, and 0-6 SU against everyone else. The Thunder first beat the Lakers last October 27th in Oklahoma City. In that game, the Thunder didn’t just cover the +5.5 spread but they beat the Lakers outright 123-115 by rallying from a 26-point deficit.

Then came Thursday night at Staples Center where the Lakers carried a three-game winning streak and were -10.5 spread and -600 Moneyline favorites to beat the Thunder who had not won since their first meeting. Even without LeBon James who sat out the game due to injury, the Lakers established a 19-point lead. But just like their first meeting of the season, the Thunder finished strong to upset the Lakers.

OKC outscored Los Angeles 35-24 in the fourth quarter on Thursday night, erasing an eight-point fourth quarter deficit and winning 107-104. Just like during the first meeting, it was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who was the biggest thorn in the Lakers side. After scoring 27 points with five three-pointers on October 27th, SGA scored 28 with four three-pointers, including a logo shot that was the backbreaker for the Lakers.

From the Logo

Gilgeous-Alexander’s logo triple gave the Thunder a 101-95 lead with 1:18 left in the game. Although the Lakers fought back and hit big three-pointers, later on, the Thunder would have enough cushion to hang on for the victory. As a team, the Thunder made just 15 of 41 three-point attempts. Incredibly, SGA sank their longest attempt of the game at a time when they needed it most.

It can be recalled that Gilgeous-Alexander also hit a three-pointer at the end of the third-quarter buzzer to cap off the Thunder’s 26-point rally. SGA’s triple gave the Thunder a 97-95 lead at the end of three quarters. OKC would never look back and went on to win the game 123-115. OKC went as high as a +2800 underdog when they were down by 26 points.

Gilgeous-Alexander has scored at least 27 points in his last five games played. He is averaging 23.5 points per game this season and looks headed to his second 20-point season in OKC. He’s having a fantastic year but because the Thunder are losing games, he is just a +25000 to win MVP honors at BetMGM and +50000 at the Caesars Sportsbook. He isn’t on the oddsboards at the other top NBA sportsbooks. But against the Lakers this season, SGA is the MVP, no doubt about that.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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