Everyone will say the right things in the locker room after suffering a 119-90 blowout loss as 7.5-point road underdogs to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, but the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in a must-win situation in Game 2.
Las Vegas oddsmakers are still convinced that the Lakers will head back to Southern California down 2-0 in this best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series, opening them up as 7.5-point underdogs, while the total stands at 195.5.
Los Angeles may have some star power with guard Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, but that hasn't helped the franchise when playing as road underdogs of 6.5 to nine points this season. The Lakers allowed 113.2 points in that situation, losing all four games by an average of 21.2 points.
Oklahoma City lands in a favorable spot to maintain its home-court advantage, posting a 40-6 record as a home favorite in this point range since the start of the 2010 s...
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