Friday 5/18/12 NBA Picks: Oklahoma City @ Los Angeles Game 3

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Friday night’s NBA betting showdown in Tinseltown is going to be a crucial one to say the least, as the Los Angeles Lakers badly need to make for great NBA picks against the Oklahoma City Thunder, or they will fall behind 3-0 in this best of seven series.

NBA Matchup: #2 Oklahoma City Thunder @ #3 Los Angeles Lakers Game 3
Date: Friday, May 18th, 10:30 ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
NBA Playoffs Odds: Los Angeles -2.5
NBA TV Schedule: ESPN

Normally speaking, we latch onto a team in a seven-game series, and unless something changes dramatically, we stick with that team. After all, nothing changes with the actual makeup of the teams, and we just don’t buy into the fact that a team plays harder when it is up against it. That being said, this is Kobe Bryant and his Lakers that we are talking about, and if there is a player in the league that deserves different treatment, Kobe is that man. Back at home, the Lakers went 29-8 this year, including in the playoffs. Are they the better team in this series? Absolutely not. But can Kobe take a game over all by himself and will even the lousiest of teams to victory against anyone in the league? Absolutely. We’ll trust that Kobe can single-handedly keep this a series on Friday night with a close call of a victory against the Thunder.

NBA Free Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -2.5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com 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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