Fargo's NBA STAR ATTRACTION (SWEET 19-7-1 NBA RUN): Matt has been on ABSOLUTE FIRE in the NBA despite one of the worst beats of the year Saturday on Orlando. He regroups Sunday and extends his MASSIVE 19-7-1 (73.1%) NBA run with a pair of TOP TIER PLAYS! Included is a Star Attraction on ABC and while doing so, he adds to his TREMENDOUS 48-28-2 ATS (63.2%) run since the All-Star break!
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers Apr 22 2012 3:30PM
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: This is the final chance for the Lakers to show that they can take out an elite team from the Western Conference. They are 1-4 against San Antonio and Oklahoma City, the two teams that are ahead of them in the Western Conference standings and the losses have not even been close as the average margin of defeat is 17.3 ppg. That should make the Thunder the clear choice here but that is not the case as that is what the majority is thinking as well with the Lakers being a home underdog for just the fourth time. Oklahoma City is still fighting for the top spot in the Western Conference so there will be no backing down here. The Thunder have rolled in the first two meetings in this series but getting the sweep will be a difficult task against a very hungry opponent. This is a matchup that Oklahoma City could have trouble with as if the Lakers open up the offense in a screen-and-roll scenario to free up open corner looks, that gives the Lakers the type of dynamic offense the Thunder struggle with. The Lakers are coming off a horrible loss Friday against San Antonio so there should be even extra motivation because of that. They still control their own destiny in the Pacific Division as if they win their final two games, they take the division and grab the third seed. Should they falter and the Clippers win out, the Lakers fall into the fourth seed and a matchup with Memphis in the first round of the playoffs which is extremely tough as both the Lakers and Clippers are looking to avoid the dangerous Grizzlies. The Lakers are 16-7 following a loss this season and while that translates to a 9-13-1 ATS record, they are underdogs so a straight up win also means a cover here. Even with that the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss while the Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against teams with a winning record. The Lakers have been struggling to cover at home but their 25-7 record is hard to overlook and they get it done Sunday in their regular season home finale. 9* (704) Los Angeles Lakers