Ryan’s 30* NBA ABC Game of the Year: Ryan has released his strongest possible graded play and it is the winner of the nationally televised game between the Thunder and the Lakers. This play features the comprehensive research + analysis showing you why Ryan is extremely confident this play will win big. If you need one big winner then this is the play for you!
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers Apr 22 2012 3:30PM
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: 30* graded play on the Los Angeles Lakers as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder set to start at 3:30 PM ET and will be televised on ABC TV nationally. The simulator shows a high probability that the LAkers will win this game. This game means far more to the Lakers than the Thunder. Lakers have a ½ game lead over the Clippers in the Pacific division. Thunder trail SA by ½ game for the No.1 seed in the conference, which is certainly motivational for the them. However, the Lakers now have Kobe back in the lineup and they need to send a message to the Thunder and the entire Western Conference that they will be contenders for the Western Title. Moreover, the Lakers need this game to avoid a season sweep by the Thunder. Supporting this graded play is a system that has produced a record of 63-31 ATS for 67% winner since 2006. Play on home teams off a road loss by 10 points or more and is a solid team winning between 60% to 75% of their games and now playing a team with a winning record. Lakers coach Brown is a defensive minded one and the Lakers defense and their ‘length’ will be significant factors in this win. Brown is 55-35 ATS (+16.5 Units) versus good shooting teams making >=46% of their shots with the game taking place in the second half of the season in all games he has coached since 1996. Lakers rank second in the NBA averaging 54.6 boards per game and rank best averaging 34.0 defensive rebounds per game. This talent minimizes second chance scoring opportunities and can reduce a high powered offense , like the Thunder, to just average. Moreover, the Thunder use isolation in half court sets and this allows the Lakers to use double teams and to fill passing lanes. I like the Lakers to win this game easily.