Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers – 8/5/2020

Fresh off Anthony Davis’ 42-point outburst, the Lakers are 1-1 in the reseeding games and have clinched the 1-seed ahead of the playoffs. The Lakers are a deep squad and still working to fully integrate new guards J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters. The Thunder are next up on the schedule and feature the most efficient backcourt in the NBA. The development of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander alongside Chris Paul has elevated OKC into one of the most difficult outs in the league. The pair have helped push the Thunder into many competitive outings, excluding their last game against Denver when Dennis Schröeder was injured. OKC has been a stiff test even for the Lakers and LeBron James, who given the team’s confirmed seeding in the playoffs could be on limited minutes tonight like Giannis was with the Bucks.

Pick: Oklahoma City +6.5

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