San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are 6-point favorites over the San Antonio Spurs this evening with an over/under total set at 194. The Los Angeles Lakers look to snap their longest losing streak in over four years when they host the San Antonio Spurs.
Following a 17-1 run after the All-Star break, it looked like the Lakers could seriously threaten the Spurs for the top spot in the West. However, their current losing streak has them fighting for a top four spot as the regular season comes to an end. The Lakers had no answer defensively for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their 120-106 defeat on Sunday, allowing them to shoot 55% from the floor and 47% from beyond the arc.
After suffering their biggest losing streak of the season, the Spurs have bounced back with four straight victories and currently sit one game above the Chicago Bulls for the leagues best record. Two more wins would guarantee the Spurs home court advantage throughout the postseason, though if they lose once and Chicago wins out, it’ll come down to a random draw.
The Lakers are 0-5 against the spread in their last 5 games overall and 2-7 against the spread in their last nine home games. The Spurs on the other hand are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 0-5 against the spread in their last five games playing on two days rest.
Head to head, the road team and underdog is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings while the under is 21-6 in the last 27 meetings and 7-0 in the last seven in Los Angeles. In most cases, I would usually take the Spurs and the points in this one. However, no one is quite sure how the Spurs are going to approach this game tonight. Do they rest their starters or make sure they secure home court advantage throughout the playoffs? The Lakers on the other hand desperately need to win to ensure they finish behind the Spurs in second spot. The Lakers showed that they can beat the Spurs in their last meeting, and with their backs to the wall, I expect that to happen again.Â Ill take the Lakers minus the 6-points.
Los Angeles Lakers -6 San Antonio Spurs