The Los Angeles Lakers will look for their third straight win tonight as they host the Golden State Warriors at the STAPLES Center. This evening’s meeting between the two Pacific Division rivals has a scheduled start time of 10:30pm ET. The hosting Lakers are a -6.5 against the spread favorite in the latest NBA Odds while the game total is set at 206 points. Golden State is getting +240 moneyline odds ($100 wins $240) to register its 19th road win of the season.
The Lakers have been the most disappointing team in basketball this season, but they have played well down the stretch and they’ve needed to in order to stay in the playoff chase.
Los Angeles was on the outside looking in for a good portion of the season, but its play of late has it clinging to the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
The Lakers gained a game on the ninth place Jazz on Wednesday night when they scored a 113-106 road win in Portland. Kobe Bryant was spectacular in the victory, scoring 47 points (14-of-27 FG, 18-of-18 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, and four blocked shots. Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol also came up big, combining for 43 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, and five blocked shots.
A similar effort from that trio this evening and L.A. should find its way past the 45-34 Warriors.
Golden State, which fell 116-97 at home to OKC last night, knocked off the Lakers 109-103 at the ORACLE Arena on March 25th (the infamous elbow game where David Lee struck Dwight Howard in the mouth), but it has lost nine of its last 11 games against Los Angeles. The Warriors are also an abysmal 1-12 in their last 13 trips to the STAPLES Center, losing by an average of 12.4 points per contest.
Notable Trends: The Lakers are 17-5 straight up and 7-15 against the spread over the last two years playing as a home favorite coming off one day rest and a road win.
Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers NBA Odds:
Golden State Warriors +6.5 (-105), Over 206 (-110), +240 (Moneyline)
Los Angeles Lakers -6.5 (-105), Under 206 (-110), -280 (Moneyline)
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