At 6:00 ET, the 29-45 Brooklyn Nets will host the 41-33 Los Angeles Lakers in a non-conference matchup. The Lakers are currently favored by 5.5 points and come into this game 9th in the Western Conference. The Nets are on a 3-game win streak and are 11th in the East.

This game will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and can be seen on YES. The over/under line for this game is currently sitting at 224 points.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS VS BROOKLYN NETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -5.5

This game will be played at Barclays Center at 6:00 ET on Sunday, March 31st.

WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 119-106 in favor of the Lakers.
  • Our projections have LeBron James finishing with LeBron James points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Lakers finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.6% and knocking down 15 threes.

Can Los Angeles Pull Out the Win as Road Favorites?

Today, the Lakers are favored by 5.5 points against the Nets. This season, they have been favored in 40 of their 74 games and have a record of 27-13 in those games. As the favorite, they have gone 17-23 against the spread, and their average scoring margin is +4 points per game.

Los Angeles’ O/U record for the season is 42-32, and their games have averaged a combined 235.4 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 224, and 65 of their games have had higher O/U lines than that.

In their last game, the Lakers lost to the Pacers by a score of 109-90. They were 3.5-point underdogs in that game and finished with an ATS record of 34-40 for the season. The combined scoring in the game was 199 points, which was well below the O/U line of 244.5.

Currently, the Lakers are in 9th place in the Western Conference with a record of 41-33. In games against other Western Conference teams, they are 25-23 and 7-9 against other teams in the Pacific Division. On the road, the Lakers are 14-21 compared to 27-12 at home.

When it comes to scoring, the Lakers are 8th in the NBA at 117.7 points per game. However, they are just 9th in scoring on the road at 116.1 points per game.

Los Angeles has outscored the NBA scoring average in 54.1% of their games this season. In terms of pace, the Lakers are 4th in the league at 101.1 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Lakers are 3rd in field goal percentage at 49%. They are also 7th in true shooting percentage.

Coming into the game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 117.7 points per game (23rd). Los Angeles’ defense is currently forcing 13.2 turnovers per game, which is 20th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 10th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.5 rejections per game.

Can Brooklyn Pull Off a Home Win?

The Nets have won three straight games and are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 29-45. In the Atlantic Division, they are in 4th place.

As the underdog, the Nets have a record of 13-37 this season. In their last three games as the underdog, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 19-28 ATS.

In their most recent game, the Nets defeated the Bulls by a score of 125-108. The O/U line for that game was 214.5, and Brooklyn was getting 3 points going into the game.

This season, the Nets have an O/U record of 37-37. The over has hit in their last two games, and their games have averaged a combined 224.7 points per game.

In their last game, the Nets covered the spread, improving their ATS record to 32-39 for the season. At home, they are 19-14 ATS, compared to 13-25 on the road.

At home, the Nets are averaging 113.5 points per game, which is 19th in the NBA. Overall, they are 24th in scoring at 111.2 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, Brooklyn is 28th in the league at 45%.

In terms of three-point shooting, the Nets are 8th in the NBA with an average of 13.6 made threes per game. They are also 9th in three-point attempts. Overall, Brooklyn is shooting 36% from beyond the arc.

When it comes to pace, the Nets are 24th in the league at 96.9 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 18th with an average of 26.2 per game.

At this time, the Nets’ defense is positioned 14th in the NBA, permitting 113.5 points per game. Opponents are hitting 53.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.0% of their three-point attempts.