The Nets travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers in a non-conference matchup. Brooklyn is currently 11th in the East and has lost four straight games. The Lakers are 10th in the West and have won two in a row.
Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 ET and the game will be televised on ESPN. The Lakers are favored by seven points and the over/under line is set at 227.5.
BROOKLYN NETS VS LOS ANGELES LAKERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Brooklyn Nets +7
This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena at 10:30 ET on Friday, January 19th.
WHY BET THE BROOKLYN NETS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-110 in favor of the Lakers.
- Our projections have Anthony Davis finishing with Anthony Davis points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists.
- From the field, we have the Lakers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.4% and knocking down 11 threes.
Will the Nets Come Through as Road Underdogs?
Today, the Nets are looking to snap a four-game losing streak as they face the Lakers. In their most recent game, Brooklyn lost to the Trail Blazers by a score of 105-103. The O/U line for that game was 221.5, and the Nets were favored by 5 points.
As the underdog, the Nets have lost three straight games vs. the spread. For the season, they are 6-19 as the underdog and 10-5 as the favorite. Their ATS record on the road is 7-13, while their O/U record on the road is 6-14.
On average, Brooklyn’s games have finished with 229.4 points per game, and today’s O/U line is 227.5. The team’s over/under record for the season is 20-20.
Currently, the Nets are 11th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 16-24. In non-conference games, they are 3-11 compared to 13-13 vs. the East.
When it comes to scoring, the Nets are 19th in the NBA at 113.8 points per game. However, on the road, they are averaging 111.8 points per game (21st).
So far this season, the Nets have outscored the NBA scoring average in 45% of their games. In terms of pace, Brooklyn is 24th in the league at 97.8 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Nets are 8th in both made threes per game (13.6) and attempted threes per game (37.5). However, they are just 16th in three-point shooting percentage at 36%.
This season, the Nets’ defense is the 17th ranked defense in the NBA at 17th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 55.0% of their games. In the terms of takeaways, Nets are causing 11.9 turnovers per game, ranking 6th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 12th in rejections, averaging 5.5 blocked shots each game.
Do the Lakers Stand a Chance at Home?
At 21-21, the Lakers are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference. In the Pacific Division, they are 4th. This year, they are 16-14 against other Western Conference teams and 5-7 in non-conference games.
Los Angeles has won two straight games and are favored by 7 points in today’s game. As the favorite, the Lakers have a record of 16-8 this season and have gone 10-14 against the spread as the favorite.
In the Western Conference, the Lakers are 8-12 ATS at home and 6-14 straight up on the road. At home, they have an average scoring margin of +4.8 points per game.
The Lakers’ O/U record for the season is 21-21, and their last two games have gone under the betting line. On average, their games have finished with 229.8 points per game compared to today’s O/U line of 227.5.
Los Angeles’ most recent win came against the Mavericks, with the Lakers winning by a score of 127-110. The Lakers were favored by 3 points in that game, and the combined scoring total was 237 points.
The Lakers are one of the most efficient teams in the NBA when it comes to scoring inside the arc. They are 7th in two-point field goal percentage at 55%. However, they are just 23rd in three-point shooting at 35%.
So far this season, the Lakers are averaging 114.4 points per game, which is 18th in the league. At home, they are averaging 115 points per game compared to 113.6 on the road.
When it comes to pace, the Lakers are 6th in the NBA at 100.6 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 8th in the league with 27.8 per game.
On average, the Los Angeles defense is giving up 115.4 points per game (16th). Right now, they are on a 3 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. Los Angeles’ defense is currently forcing 13.8 turnovers per game, which is 22nd in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 11th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.5 rejections per game.