Carroll's Keys: Thunder-Lakers 

April, 21, 2012
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder will face each other in a regular-season game that actually will have an effect on the standings in the Western Conference. The Thunder are in second place in the West, a half game behind the San Antonio Spurs. After their game in Los Angeles they have two games remaining versus Sacramento and Denver. The Lakers are in third place in the West but only a half game ahead of the Clippers.

This is the third meeting between these two teams and the Thunder has dominated both of the previous meetings this season. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have combined to average 54.5 points per game in the two Thunder wins. While the Thunder have been able to keep Kobe Bryant in check only allowing him to score 23.5 points per game and holding him to only 29.0 percent from the field.