One of the biggest disappointments of the season so far, the struggling San Antonio Spurs (11-13), who want to bounce back and climb up from the bottom of the West, are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (14-9), who are looking to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 12-05-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -9
Los Angeles Lakers have a 14-9 record (10-13 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Suns with a 120-96 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.8 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 6.7 and in boards grabbed with 7.7 per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 16.6 ppg and 5.3 boards per game.
San Antonio Spurs have a 11-13 record (11-13 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Jazz with a 105-139 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 24 ppg, adding 5.6 boards and a team high 6 dimes per game. He is followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 18.2 ppg and a team high 10.2 boards per game.
Spurs have won both meetings against the Lakers this season (at home by 4 points and on the road by one in overtime). Lakers have a 9-4 home record this season, while the Spurs are 4-9 on the road. Lakers are better both offensively, scoring 112.7 ppg to Spurs’ 109.2 and defensively, allowing 111 ppg to Spurs’ 113.4. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (47.6% to 45.8%), while Spurs have a better 3-point percentage (38.6% to 34.5%). Lakers are better in boards grabbed (46.5 to 43.9), while Spurs are better in turnovers committed (12.3 to 15.7) and both teams are almost equal in dimes made (23.9 and 23.8). Spurs are struggling mightily and Vegas odds give the Lakers a -9 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy night at home.
San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -9 (-108)
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