The NBA schedule for Tuesday night features just four games, including the Thunder vs. Lakers live stream and televised matchup. The two teams are both among those that are considered early playoff contenders in the Western Conference. In particular, Los Angeles has impressed doubters as they have started with a 7-7 record behind a young and talented team. Meanwhile, OKC has been able to do its best to survive in its first season without Kevin Durant. Tonight the two teams battle to remain relevant within the top eight of the competitive west.

Two playoff contenders?

Right now, Oklahoma City owns an 8-6 record in the Western Conference.

In the NBA playoff standings, that has them as the No. 6 team, just behind Houston and Memphis. They're right ahead of Portland and their opponents tonight. The Thunder are led by triple-double machine Russell Westbrook who is currently averaging 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 10.4 assists a game.

As for the Lakers, this young team has impressed early on in their first season sans the retired Kobe Bryant. Among their young talents are guard D'Angelo Russell, forward Julius Randle, and their recent No. 2 draft pick Brandon Ingram of Duke. The Lakers own a 7-7 record overall and are considered the No. 8 team in the Western Conference, but are barely holding that spot in the competitive league. A win tonight will keep them in the mix.

Thunder vs. Lakers game odds

Heading into this Western Conference battle, the game odds list the visiting Thunder as favorites of three points to win tonight. The over/under points total is around 221 points for the complete game. For the moneyline, Oklahoma City has a price of -140, while the Los Angeles Lakers are a +120 underdog.

Right now, the Lakers sport an 8-5-1 overall record against the spread, while OKC is 6-7-1. Los Angeles is also 7-4 ATS as an underdog while the Thunder are 5-5 as favorites and 1-3 ATS on the road. When looking at the future odds, the Thunder have the better chances to win the NBA championship. They are currently at 75 to 1 odds on the list.

The Lakers are a bit more of a longshot, with odds of 200 to 1 to win the title. Neither team is really considered a major contender, as teams such as the Golden State Warriors (10 to 11) and Cleveland Cavaliers (3 to 1) are the frontrunners.

NBA game live viewing info

The Oklahoma City vs. Los Angeles game has a 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time start on Tuesday evening from the Staples Center. The NBA TV channel is presenting this matchup for live television viewers on cable or satellite TV. The latest NBA game can also be watched on various devices using live streaming online viewing technology.

To watch the Thunder vs. Lakers live feed online, viewers need to have an NBA League Pass subscription. The service is available on a one team basis for the season, or an entire season package featuring all games.

In addition, individual games can be purchased for live stream viewing from the schedule through NBA League Pass.

Will it be Russell Westbrook and the Thunder or D'Angelo Russell and the Lakers capturing an important early NBA win this season?

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