In this Californian duel, two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the West are clashing, when the defending champions Golden State Warriors (51-16), looking to bounce back after two straight defeats, are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (31-36), who have been hot lately and are having playoff hopes.  Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Spread and Prediction.

Date/Time:  03-14-2018, 21:30 EDT

Spread: Golden State Warriors -5.5

Total: +226.5

Warriors have a 51-16 record (28-38-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Timberwolves with a 103-109 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kevin Durant with 26.6 ppg, adding 6.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He is followed by Stephen Curry with 26.3 ppg, adding 5.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game but he is questionable for tonight. Klay Thompson adds 19.7 ppg.

Lakers have a 31-36 record (37-30 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 11th place of the West. They are 8-2 in their last ten matches and in their last game they won at home against the Nuggets with a 112-103 score, beating the odds. They show impressive offensive pluralism with seven players in double digit scoring, led by Isiah Thomas with 16.5 ppg, adding 5.4 assists. He is followed by Brandon Ingram with 16.2 ppg, adding 5.4 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury, while Julius Randle adds 15.6 ppg and a team high 7.7 rebounds per game.

Warriors have won all three previous meetings against the Lakers so far but with an average of just 4 points, while two matches went in overtime. Warriors are 26-7 at home so far this season, while Lakers are 13-21 on the road. The Warriors lead the league offensively, scoring 115.6 ppg to Lakers’ 108.8 and they are also better defensively, allowing 107.7 ppg to Lakers’ 110.1. Warriors also lead the league in field goal percentage, shooting with 50.91% to Lakers’ 46.21%, in 3-point percentage, shooting with 39.43% to Lakers’ 34.58% and in assists made, with 30.2 to Lakers’ 23.9. Lakers are only better in rebounding, grabbing 46.5 to Warriors’ 43.9. The Lakers are coming in this game hot and they have forced close game in all three previous matchups. Vegas odds give Warriors a -5.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat those odds tonight.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers +5.5 (-107)

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Spread and Prediction

Nikos Lagouretos

My name is Nikos Lagouretos, I am 35 years old from Greece and I have been a basketball enthusiast for almost 25 years, having played semi-pro myself. All those years i have seen countless games, done a ton of reading and statistical analysis and I thought it was about time to put them to some good use. I provide analysis, predictions and specialize in NBA, WNBA and almost every domestic and international club league of Europe.

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