Whenever the Los Angeles Lakers are playing in a back-to-back situation this season, there's always the possibility that LeBron James and/or Anthony Davis sit out one of the two games. The Lakers are playing their second game in 24 hours Wednesday at Oklahoma City, and while all indications are that James will suit up, there's a good chance Davis will not because he has a legitimate injury. Meanwhile, the Thunder are more likely than not to give Al Horford the night off. Los Angeles is an 8.5-point favorite on the William Hill Sportsbook NBA odds.
The Lakers won their third in a row Tuesday in Houston, 117-100. Because the game was a rout, LeBron (listed as questionable as he has been for essentially every game this season) played only 29 minutes. He finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists. James has not taken a game off yet this season and is not expected to Wednesday.
Davis also played just 29 minutes and had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks but jammed his toe, which required X-rays. Those were negative, but it would seem the Lakers would give him this game off. All coach Frank Vogel would say is that Davis "jammed his toe" and is questionable Wednesday. Davis has already missed two games this season with injuries. Wesley Matthews will remain out for the Lakers with Achilles soreness.
Oklahoma City had a three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in a 112-102 home loss to a Spurs team missing DeMar DeRozan. OKC entered the game averaging 13.6 three-pointers per game but went 7 of 26 from behind the arc. The Thunder are 0-4 this season at home but 5-1 on the road.
Horford missed a crucial late three-pointer Tuesday, and if previous history is any indication will sit this one out. Wednesday is Oklahoma City's second back-to-back of the season, and Horford did not play in the back end of the first, which was Dec. 29 at home vs. Orlando. Isaiah Roby started that game for Horford and probably would Wednesday.
While the Lakers are 9-4 against the spread in their past 13 in the second of a back-to-back, the Thunder have failed to cover four straight in that scenario.
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