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2012 NBA Playoffs: Thunder Open As 7.5 Point Favorites Over Lakers In Game One

One team battled over seven games to get here. Another quietly swept their opponents and have been waiting for some time. The betting odds for the Los Angeles Lakers-Oklahoma City Thunder series reflect the methods both teams used to advance with the Thunder opening as 7.5 point favorites in tonight's game one action.

The Thunder swept the Dallas Mavericks, the defending NBA champions, in four games, so they should be well rested and quite confident. The Lakers, on the other hand, needed the entire series to put away a surprising Denver Nuggets team that could have LA tired and frustrated. Then again, there's plenty of great storylines to keep this series active for some time.

The game tips off tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 8:30pm CT.

For more info on the Oklahoma City Thunder, check out Welcome To Loud City. For more on the Lakers, check out Silver Screen and Roll.