The San Antonio Spurs (14-33) visit the Los Angeles Lakers (22-26) on Wednesday night. Promotion ends at 10:40pm ET. Below we continue our NBA odds series with a Spurs Lakers prediction, pick and guide.
San Antonio has lost two straight and eight of their last 10 and sits 14th in the Western. Conference. Spurs covered 49% of their games while exceeding 62% of predicted points. Los Angeles was throttled from its city rivals last night, falling to 13th in the West. The Lakers covered 47% of their games while going over 54%. This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two teams. LA has won each of the three previous matchups, with two of them deciding by double digits.
Here are the Spurs-Lakers NBA odds, courtesy of FanDuel
NBA Odds: Spurs-Lakers Odds
San Antonio Spurs:+7 (-112)
Los Angeles Lakers: -7 (-108)
Over: 243.5 (-110)
Below: 243.5 (-110)
How to watch Spurs vs Lakers
Television: Bally Southwest, Spectrum SN
Stream: NBA League Pass
Time: 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT
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Why the Spurs could cover the spread
San Antonio is one of the few teams firmly in “tank mode” as they hold one of the worst records in the NBA. That being said, the Spurs are no pushovers – notably they beat the Nets last week before scaring the Clippers. San Antonio’s greatest strength lies within. The Spurs rank fifth on points (55.2 PPG). Despite their poor record, they continue to play traditional Spurs basketball with a heavy focus on ball movement as they rank third in assists (27.2 APG).
If Spurs are to appear as formidable underdogs tonight, they need a strong performance from striker Keldon Johnson. Johnson has been one of the lone bright spots in this San Antonio roster as he finds himself in the midst of a career year. The former first-round pick leads the team with 21.5 PPG. He’s been playing particularly well lately, having eclipsed 20 points in five of his last six games. Fellow striker Jeremy Sochan has been playing well lately. The ninth overall pick in last summer’s draft has had a bumpy year so far, but is developing strongly. In his last four games, Sochan averaged 16.3 PPG and 6.0 RPG while shooting 56% from the ground and providing excellent defense.
Why the Lakers might cover the spread
Despite losing to the Clippers last night, the Lakers have an excellent chance tonight to play a team they have already beaten three times this season. LA has a strong offense that ranks fifth in points total (117.1 PPG) and sixth in field goal percentage (48%). They do a great job running in transition, ranking fourth in the quick rest score (16.9 PPG). The Lakers are really dominant down below and sitting second in scoring (56.6 PPG) – somewhere they’ll probably stress against San Antonio’s bottom-ranked center defense.
LA will get a huge boost tonight when they welcome Anthony Davis back from injury. Davis is expected to return to the court after missing 20 games. Though the Lakers went 10-10 without him, they’ll be happy to have their big star back in the lineup, albeit with a minute restriction. Prior to his injury, Davis was in the middle of one of the best seasons of his career. He averaged 27.4 PPG and 12.1 RPG while shooting 59% from the ground. While his offense has been sorely missed, his defense could prove most critical tonight. Known as one of the most feared central defenders in the league, Davis’ 2.1 blocks per game could be a major factor in her ability to cover a hefty home spread tonight.
While Davis’ return may steal all the headlines, the Lakers will be further strengthened by the debut of Rui Hachimura. Acquired by the Wizards earlier this week, Hachimura should add spark to a thin Lakers roster. Prior to the trade, the former top 10 pick was averaging 13 PPG for the Wizards this season. A career 36-percent three-pointer, Rui will look to provide some outside shots for a Lakers team that ranks 26th in three-point efficiency. While his career has been up and down so far, he ended his tenure in Washington with one of the best games of his career. Hachimura lost three three-pointers en route to 30 points against Magic last weekend and will likely see some significant offensive work in the future.
Final Spurs-Lakers Prediction & Selection
With Davis back and Hachimura making his debut, I want the Lakers to put on a show tonight and blow the tanking Spurs out of the building.
Last Spurs-Lakers Prediction & Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -7 (-108)