The Brooklyn Nets (18-24) will be at home in the Barclays Center when they square off against the Los Angeles Lakers (35-9). Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 23, 2020, and it can be seen on TNT.
Los Angeles Lakers at Brooklyn Nets Betting Preview
In the Lakers’ last contest, they defeated the New York Knicks, 100-92, covering as 2.5-point favorites. Anthony Davis was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Los Angeles dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.232 (above their season average of 0.195) and a turnover percentage of 9.6 (better than their season average of 12.7). For those same stats, New York was 0.102 and 15.4, respectively. The two teams combined to put up 192 points, which was well under the projected point total of 226.5.
The Nets failed to cover as 2-point underdogs in their 117-111 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in their last contest. With 13 points and 13 rebounds, Jarrett Allen had a good game for Brooklyn. Philadelphia coerced the Nets into a turnover percentage of 18.7 (above their season average of 13.1). Brooklyn, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.272 (above their season average of 0.192). Combined, the two squads scored 228 points, which finished over the O/U total of 218.
The inefficient offense of Brooklyn will square off against the stingy defense of Los Angeles. The Nets rank 26th in offensive efficiency, while the Lakers are third in defensive efficiency. The Lakers figure to have the advantage on that end of the court.
Of Los Angeles’ 43 games that accepted bets, 22 have finished under the O/U total, while 20 of Brooklyn’s 42 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Lakers have a clear advantage. They are 35-9 SU and 23-19-1 ATS, while the Nets are 18-24 SU and 18-23-1 ATS.
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after the Nets won both games last season. In the last contest, Brooklyn won 111-106. Brooklyn had a better turnover percentage (11.1 vs. 12.7). Los Angeles, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (34.5 vs. 21.6).
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Prediction
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Lakers, ATS Winner – Lakers, O/U – Over
The Lakers rank third in points off turnovers per game (18.6) while the Nets rank 23rd (15.9).
Los Angeles averages 53.5 points in the paint per game, which ranks second in the NBA. Brooklyn ranks eighth in points allowed in the paint per game (46.0).
Brooklyn ranks 12th in fast break points allowed per game (12.6) while Los Angeles ranks 26th (15.5).
Brooklyn is second in the league with 21.8 assists allowed per game while Los Angeles is fifth with 22.9 assists allowed per game.
On the road, Los Angeles is 12-10 ATS with 12 overs and 10 unders.
Brooklyn is 11-11 ATS at home with 11 unders, 10 overs and 1 push.
When holding opponents below 100 points, Los Angeles is 15-0 and Brooklyn is 4-1.
The Nets are 18-18 when they score over 100 points, while the Lakers are 31-9.
The Lakers rank third in second chance points per game (14.7) while the Nets rank 16th in second chance points allowed per game (13.2).
Los Angeles averages 7.3 blocks per game, which ranks first in the league. Brooklyn ranks 25th in blocks allowed per game (5.6).
The Lakers rank fourth in steals per game (8.5) while the Nets rank 26th (6.7).
The Nets average 37.0 three pointers per game, which ranks sixth in the league. The Lakers rank 10th in three pointers allowed per game (32.5).
Los Angeles ranks third in rebounds allowed per game (42.5) while Brooklyn ranks 24th (46.8).
Brooklyn is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Los Angeles is 3-2 ATS with 5 overs.
The Nets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.2, up from 2.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lakers have scored an average of 115.4 points per game (1.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 112.8 points per game (6.7 above their season average).