VEGAS BLACK CARD CLUB Plays Sold EXCLUSIVELY at NSAwins.com! We are proud to be the only authorized retailer for the MILLION DOLLAR plays from the legendary "VEGAS BLACK CARD CLUB" - the Nation's #1 Ranked and Most Successful Sports Betting Syndicate! Read more about the Vegas BLACK CARD Club!
*** 2017 Football Picks Update: NSA's NFL & College Football Packages are now on sale! Visit our NFL & College Football Season packages page for more info. ***
*** Need a Sportsbook Account to Start Betting Today? Visit our top USA sportsbooks and Bitcoin sportsbooks pages for the best options. ***
Questions or Need Assistance? Call us Toll-Free 1-866-407-1257 or Email Us at info@nsawins.com
*** 100% Instant BONUS upto $250 at BOVADA(A+ GRADE) - #1 Sportsbook Online! ***
(BOVADA is an A+ GRADE Sportsbook - Easy Deposits, Fast Payouts!)
***** PURCHASE Sports Picks from NSA - USA's #1 Sports Handicapping Service! *****
 NFL Picks | College Football Picks | NBA Picks | College Basketball Picks | MLB Picks | NHL Picks 
NSAwins.com is your home for the best 2017-18 English Premier League Betting Tips & Predictions!
*** Read Why OVER 98.7% of NSAwins.com Clients Renew their Memberships! ***
BET on ALL Sports at A+ GRADE GT Bets Sportsbook - 100% Bonus 1st Deposit!

Categorized | NBA

2012 LA Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Series Price, Odds and Predictions – NBA Western Conference Semifinals Picks

2012 LA Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Series Price, Odds and Predictions – NBA Western Conference Semifinals Picks: It is a story seen so often in the world of professional sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder is the group of young, talented up and comers in search of its first championship, while the Los Angeles Lakers are the aging veterans fighting to stay on top and win one more title before their window of opportunity slams shut for the final time. Throw in a nasty incident between Los Angeles forward Metta World Peace’s elbow and the head of Oklahoma City guard James Harden, and a budding rivalry between these two franchises is about to take the next step when they meet in the Western Conference semifinals. NBA fans have been waiting for a postseason meeting between the second-seeded Thunder and the third-seeded Lakers from the time the playoff seeding was decided, and despite a first-round scare for Los Angeles, the highly-anticipated matchup is set to begin.

NBA Basketball

2012 NBA Western Conference Playoffs Semifinals Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Series Predictions and Previews:

It’s tough to say which team has more confidence entering this series. On one hand, the Thunder is coming off a sweep of the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, while the Lakers nearly choked away a 3-1 series lead to sixth-seeded Denver. However, Los Angeles has a core of players that includes five-time champ Kobe Bryant that has won multiple titles together, while Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City are still searching for their first title. The Thunder also took two out of the three meetings with Los Angeles during the year, but Durant and company did choke away a huge lead before falling in double overtime to the Lakers in the final regular season meeting. Add it all up, and neither team can claim to have a mental edge in this matchup.

On the court, premier scorers Durant and Bryant will be on center stage. Bryant averaged more than 24 points per game against the Thunder during the regular season, but he actually struggled in terms of shooting percentage. The Lakers will need Bryant to score plenty of points in this series, but he will need to do it in a more efficient manner. Durant, on the other, shot more than 50 percent from the field in the Thunder’s two wins against the Lakers. He will likely be seeing plenty of World Peace throughout the series, but Durant’s versatile scoring ability has allowed him to get the better of the Lakers’ best defender more often than not. Bryant’s desire to win and reputation in the postseason can’t be overlooked, but Durant appears to be better equipped to outplay Bryant.

Another matchup that favors the Thunder is at the point guard spot, where Russell Westbrook should eat Los Angeles guard Ramon Sessions alive. Westbrook is one of the fastest and most explosive guards in the NBA, and the Lakers just don’t have the perimeter defenders to contain him. He shredded the Los Angeles defense for 36 points in a Thunder win in late March, and at times, he can be as deadly as Durant on the offensive end. If Westbrook balances his scoring ability with his duties as a distributor, Oklahoma City should have an edge in the backcourt all series long.

For the Lakers, controlling the paint will be the key to advancing to the conference finals. With Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the frontcourt, the Lakers should have a big edge when it comes to interior scoring and rebounding. I say should because it took a verbal lashing from Bryant to get the two players to show any kind of effort last round. Another potential issue facing Los Angeles is that Oklahoma City big men Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins are both physical, athletic defenders. Even if Ibaka and Perkins don’t score a basket, they can win the series for the Thunder simply by keeping Gasol and Bynum off the offensive glass and forcing them into tough shots. Durant, Westbrook and Bryant may be the headliners, but this series will likely be won in the trenches.

If there is an X-factor in the series outside of the mental state of Bynum and Gasol, it could be Harden. The Sixth Man of the Year gives the Thunder the deeper roster in this matchup almost by himself, and his scoring punch of the bench can’t be matched by any Lakers’ reserve. Harden is also going to be extremely motivated to face World Peace and the Lakers, who left him with a concussion the last time they met.

At the end of the day, any team with Bryant and two talented seven-footers can’t be dismissed, especially when they are just two years removed from a title. However, the Thunder has shown this postseason that they are not only talented enough to win a championship, but mentally ready for the challenge. Sweeping the team that eliminated them in last year’s conference finals was a serious statement for Durant and company. Oklahoma City has more offensive firepower, a deeper team, and two solid interior defenders. The Lakers are going to be lucky to keep up.

Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder Win in 6 Games

Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Series Price
Los Angeles Lakers +340
Oklahoma City Thunder -440

2 EASY STEPS to BET on 2012 NBA Playoff Odds Daily!
STEP 1: CLICK HERE to OPEN SBG Global Account
STEP 2: Deposit with Credit Card or Deposit by Check and get upto 265% in BONUS money FREE added to your SBG Player Account Funds.


Get the latest NBA odds daily on NSAwins.com plus visit for NBA expert predictions and updated 2012 NBA Championship Odds.

NBA Basketball

Bet Football at Intertops – In Business 21 Yrs!

NSAwins.com’s FREE PICKS by Email Daily!
Get EXCLUSIVE FREE PICKS from Sonny LaFouchi(aka The LEGEND) sent to your email daily! Includes 2017 Free NFL Picks and College Football Picks! Enter email and click “Submit.” 100% Privacy.
Enter Email:
PLAY WITH “A+” GRADE SPORTSBOOKS/CASINOS!
Best USA Sportsbooks Online for Betting!

#1 BOVADA | #2 Intertops | #3 5Dimes
#4 GT Bets | #5 AmericasBookie | #6 MyBookie.Ag

Best Bookie Online for NON-USA Citizens!

#1 Bet365(#1 Bookie for Europeans & Canada!)
Check out our complete Sportsbook Reviews!
Pay Per Head Bookmaking @ RealBookies.com

Play at Best USA Online Casinos!

Check out our list of Safe USA Online Casinos!

NSAwins.com "Betting Daily" Blog: Latest Sports Odds, Picks & Predictions

USA Sportsbooks and USA Betting Sites – Sportsbooks Accepting US Players for Sports Betting Online for USA Citizens

Sat, September 23, 2017

USA Sportsbooks and USA Sports Betting Sites – Top Sportsbooks Accepting USA Players to Bet on ALL Sports including 2017 NFL Football, College Football, NBA and College Basketball Season for USA Citizens: If you are a USA citizen looking for an online sportsbook or bookmaker to place bets on sports year round and especially right […]

2017 Week 4 College Football Picks – UCLA @ Stanford Odds & Free Pick 9/23/17

Sat, September 23, 2017

2017 Week 4 College Football Picks – UCLA @ Stanford Odds & Free Pick 9/23/17: The UCLA Bruins travel to Stanford Stadium in Stanford, CA to take on the Stanford Cardinal at 10:30 PM EST. The betting line for this PAC 12 football showdown at Bovada Sportsbook has Stanford a -7 point favorite with the […]

2017 Week 3 NFL Picks & Predictions – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears Odds & Free Pick

Fri, September 22, 2017

2017 Week 3 NFL Picks & Predictions – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears Odds & Free Pick: The Pittsburgh Steelers go on the road this Sunday to Soldier Field in the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears at 1 PM EST. The betting line on this week 3 NFL matchup at Bovada Sportsbook […]

2017-18 EPL Week 6 Betting Tips – Swansea City vs Watford Free Football Predictions

Fri, September 22, 2017

2017-18 EPL Week 6 Betting Tips – Swansea City vs Watford Free Football Predictions: The week 6 English Premier League football schedule begins this week and today we preview the Swansea City vs Watford fixture with the current odds and our free football predictions to bet on. The betting odds for all of week 6 […]

2017 Week 4 College Football Picks – Notre Dame @ Michigan St Odds & Free Pick 9/23/17

Fri, September 22, 2017

2017 Week 4 College Football Picks – Notre Dame @ Michigan St Odds & Free Pick 9/23/17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI to battle the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday night at 8 PM EST. The betting odds on this week 4 college football matchup at America’s […]

2017-18 EPL Week 6 Betting Tips – Burnley vs Huddersfield Town Free Football Predictions

Thu, September 21, 2017

2017-18 EPL Week 6 Betting Tips – Burnley vs Huddersfield Town Free Football Predictions: The week 6 English Premier League football schedule begins this week and today we preview the Burnley vs Huddersfield Town fixture with the current odds and our free football predictions to bet on. The betting odds for all of week 6 […]

2017 Week 3 NFL Picks & Predictions – Houston Texans @ New England Patriots Odds & Free Pick

Thu, September 21, 2017

2017 Week 3 NFL Picks & Predictions – Houston Texans @ New England Patriots Odds & Free Pick: The Houston Texans travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA this Sunday to battle the New England Patriots at 1 PM EST. The betting line for this AFC showdown at top-rated Bovada Sportsbook is New England -14 […]

2017 Week 4 College Football Picks – Michigan @ Purdue Odds & Free Pick 9/23/17

Wed, September 20, 2017

2017 Week 4 College Football Picks – Michigan @ Purdue Odds & Free Pick 9/23/17: The 8th ranked Michigan Wolverines begin their 2017 Big Ten football schedule with a road game at the Purdue Boilermakers this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 PM EST from inside Rose-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN. The betting odds […]

2017-18 EPL Week 6 Picks & Predictions – EPL Football Betting Tips Week 6

Wed, September 20, 2017

2017-18 EPL Week 6 Picks & Predictions – EPL Football Betting Tips Week 6: The English Premier League 2017/18 football schedule begins week 6 fixtures this week. We have posted two free EPL football predictions below to bet on this weekend. You can view all of the week 6 EPL fixtures and betting odds on […]

2017 NFL Odds, Picks & Predictions Week 3 – Free NFL Picks to Bet on for Sunday 9/24/17

Tue, September 19, 2017

2017 NFL Odds, Picks & Predictions Week 3 – Free NFL Picks to Bet on for Sunday 9/24/17: Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season begins this week and there are some nice bets to feast on this Sunday. We have posted two free NFL picks to bet on Sunday for week 3 NFL below. […]

Season Picks Packages – Special Offers

2017 NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS SEASON SPECIALS: SAVE BIG on our 2017 NFL and College Football Picks! Sign up today for NSA’s 2017 Football season package #1 thru the 2018 SUPER BOWL(Feb 4, 2018) or package #2 thru the 2018 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF Title Game(January 8, 2018) and get all of our NFL and College Football picks plus our NBA picks, College Basketball picks, MLB picks and NHL picks included for FREE! Purchase today for only $549.95(package #1) or only $499.95(package #2)!
Click Here to Read More or BUY via Paypal/Credit Card!

Best Sportsbook Bonuses for 1st Deposits

: 100% CASH Bonus upto $250 at BOVADA – A+ GRADE Sportsbook!

: 200% BONUS at A+ Intertops Sportsbook(Online since 1996)!

: 100% CASH Bonus upto $500 from A+ GRADE GT Bets Sportsbook!

: 50% CASH Bonus upto $3000 from A+ GRADE MyBookie.ag Sportsbook!

: 100% Bonus upto $500 FREE at A+ AmericasBookie!

: 50% Bonus upto $520 FREE at A+ 5Dimes(#1 for Reduced Juice)!

: 100% Bonus at A+ Bet365(#1 for European and International Punters)!

: Check More Sportsbook Bonuses

BOVADA Sportsbook
BOVADA Sportsbook and
Casino

Our #1 Rated Overall Sportsbook and Casino that Accepts USA Players! BOVADA(formerly BoDog’s USA division) has never missed a payout since it opened it’s doors in the mid 90’s. Simply put, the BEST place for USA players to bet on sports online. Open an account today and get a 100% BONUS upto $250 FREE!. Read NSA’s complete BOVADA Sportsbook
Review
.

Intertops Sportsbook
Intertops Sportsbook

Intertops is a personal favorite of NSAwins.com’s Sonny LaFouchi(aka The Legend) for it’s high limits, huge array of lines and props, fast payouts(same day by Bitcoin!) and huge CASH bonuses on deposist! Simply put, this is a monster of a sportsbook and they have been online doing their thing with FIRST CLASS since 1996! Open an account and get a $200 CASH BONUS today. Read NSA’s complete Intertops Sportsbook Review.

MyBookie.ag
MyBookie.ag Sportsbook

MyBookie.ag is a superb sportsbook and is unquestionably one of the Top 5 internet sportsbooks online and a personal favorite of The LEGEND! Accepts USA players from ALL 50 states and has one of the best mobile platforms for players looking to place bets on their phone. Open an account today and get a 50% SIGN UP BONUS upto $3000!
Read NSA’s complete MyBookie.ag Sportsbook
Review

GT Bets Sportsbook
GT Bets Sportsbook

GT Bets is a new sportsbook(opened in 2011) but already one of the BEST. Simply put, everything about this company is 1st class. Great software, bonuses, lines, props, you name it! Accepts USA players. Open an account today and get a 100% Bonus upto $500 FREE! Read
NSA’s complete GT Bets
Sportsbook Review
.

NSAwins.com’s Expert Sports Handicappers

The LEGEND - Sonny LaFouchi(aka The LEGEND) is NSAwins.com's original sports handicapping expert and is regarded by many as the nation's #1 handicapping expert.

Gerry "BIG CAT" Andino - BIG CAT is widely regarded as one of USA's top professional sports handicappers and sells his famous "LOCK CLUB" plays on NSAwins.com.

Lou Panelli - One of Las Vegas's biggest names and respected pro handicappers, Lou Panelli sells his legendary "VEGAS KEY INFO" plays exclusively on NSAwins.com.

William E. Stockton - Mr. Stockton is considered by many to be the BIGGEST LINE MOVER in the nation, as his "BIG TICKET PLAYS" are known to move Football and Basketbal lines 2-3 points within minutes after releasing them on NSAwins.com.

Steve "SCOOP" Kendall - Nationally respected and known for being Las Vegas's top information source. Recognized by his peers as having the most "INSIDER INFORMATION" in Las Vegas. Steve's award-winning VEGAS NATIONWIDE PLAYS are sold exclusively on NSAwins.com.

Vegas BLACK CARD Club - The MOST EXCLUSIVE syndicate with the BEST HIGH ROLLER service plays in the nation. BAR NONE. When the LINES MOVE in Vegas or games are taken off the board you can bet your life that the Vegas BLACK CARD Club is the reason. When they make moves EVERY oddsmaker in Vegas adjusts their lines.
Gamblers Anonymous
Gambling Problem??
Call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit the National Council on Problem Gambling at www.ncpgambling.org
NSAwins.com is the #1 choice many players turn to for NFL picks, College Football Predictions, scores, lines, odds, betting tips, and much more during the football season! Our unmatched team of sports handicapping experts also provide winning NBA Predictions, College Basketball Picks, MLB Picks, NHL Predictions, stats, matchup tools, sportsbooks bonuses, office pool picks, and more on our award winning website and thru our free sports picks newsletter.
Copyright © NSAwins.com - NSA Enterprises LLC. All Rights Reserved. All Logos Copyright © of their respective agencies (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA) The information provided and sold at this site is for news, entertainment, and informational purposes only. Any use of this information in violation of any federal, state and/or local laws is prohibited. NSAwins.com's content is provided for users located world-wide. There are hundreds of jurisdictions in the world with Internet access and hundreds of different games and gambling opportunities available on the Internet. YOU are responsible for determining if it is legal for YOU to play any particular games or place any particular wager. US Citizens: Read Disclaimer. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy are applicable to this site.