San Antonio Spurs at L.A Lakers
- Updated: January 24, 2009
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San Antonio Spurs (29-13) at L.A Lakers (34-8)
Sunday, 3:30PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – Lakers -6.5, O/U 203.5
Western Conference powerhouses collide in a big game on Sunday inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, C.A. The L.A Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference at a mark of 34-8 and have appeared to be the best team in the conference all year. However, the Spurs have rallied from a slow start and they are ready to challenge for Western supremacy. San Antonio already captured a victory over the Lakers a few short weeks ago in an exciting game that went right down to the wire. The Spurs Manu Ginobili knocked down 27 in the contest that lead to San Antonio edged out the Lakers at home 112-111.
Los Angeles leads the NBA as the most potent scoring team in the league averaging 108 points per game. Kobe Bryant ranks 3rd in the NBA in scoring and also had a big game in the last meeting. Bryant’s 29 points, 10 assist, and 7 rebounds were not quite enough last time around. The Lakers also shot a very strong 56% in that meeting, but the Spurs simply edged them out in the end. Los Angeles will look to extract a bit of revenge this time around at home where they always play well. The Lakers are 22-3 inside the Staples Center and also an equal 22-3 against the Western Conference. Last year’s Western Conference match-up heats up again with the possibility of both teams meeting yet again on down the road.
San Antonio got off to a sluggish start, but since has rebounded nicely. San Antonio has knocked off 4 straight wins and also 13 of their past 16 games. Tim Duncan is playing well with a double-double in 7 straight games. Duncan has produced 20.4 points this season along with 10.2 boards. Star guard Tony Parker has produced equal results with 20.4 points exactly while adding 7 assist per game. San Antonio has definitely come on strong in the past month of basketball and they will try to prove they belong among the best in the NBA. However, the task will not come easy considering a win at Los Angeles is hard to come by, but if they do pull off the victory it would make a huge statement for dethroning thee Lakers public perception as the best in the west.
What to watch for…
The Lakers shot 56% and the Spurs shot 57% from the floor in the last meeting in rather of a high scoring game. Los Angeles controlled the tempo despite the Spurs capturing the win. Do not be surprised if this game follows the Spurs tempo a bit more and the scoring is a bit lower. Tim Duncan has 27 double-doubles on the year and don’t be surprised if number 28 comes Sunday. Respectively the Spurs have done better when Duncan has performed well as compared to Tony Parker.
Pick – Lakers too tough at home. Take L.A -6.5
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