Monday 5/14/12 NBA Picks: Los Angeles @ Oklahoma City Game 1

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One of the most highly anticipated playoff series kicks off in the Western Conference on Monday night, and we are set to make our NBA picks for the clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Join us here at Cappers Info for our Game 1 NBA playoff picks for these two fantastic teams!

NBA Matchup: #3 Los Angeles Lakers @ #3 Oklahoma City Thunder Game 1
Date: Monday, May 14th, 9:30 ET
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
NBA Playoffs Odds: Oklahoma City -7.5
NBA TV Schedule: TNT

To say that there is no love lost between these two teams is a bit of an understatement. The last time that we saw then duke it out, Metta World Peace was busy clocking James Harden with an elbow, which earned him a two-week hiatus from the league as a result. The artist formerly known as Ron Artest is back in the fold though, and that could make for some bad blood in this series. The Thunder haven’t played a game since May 5th, and that could be problematic against an LA team that just finished off a seven-game series with the Denver Nuggets two days ago and had to travel halfway across the country to reach this point. We love the fact that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going to be able to look like the next generation in this series, but giving Kobe Bryant a touchdown to start with in a playoff game just isn’t a great idea. Sure, the Lakers could tank, but they could come on the road and win by 30 as well. We definitely want the points on our side.

NBA Free Pick: Los Angeles Lakers +7.5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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