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Brooklyn Nets vs LA Lakers Prediction And Betting Odds

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Brooklyn Nets vs LA Lakers: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

You’ll be hard pressed to find anything positive going on with the Brooklyn Nets right now, they’ve lost 4 games in a row with 2 of those games happening vs the struggling Portland Trail Blazers. They now find themselves outside the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference, something will have to change before the trade deadline for this team if they want to make it into the postseason this year. There is definitely potential on the roster, but they’re just not gelling as a team right now. A shin contusion might keep their best player Mikal Bridges out of tonight’s game against the Lakers, that’s just another injury blow that they’ve been dealt this season. Even with Bridges though, their chances of beating the Lakers aren’t that high. ESPN’s matchup predictor gives them just a 38% chance of winning here, while the oddsmakers have them as 6.5 point underdogs.

Back-to-back wins over Oklahoma City and Dallas have lifted the spirits of the Lakers players as they’re now back to .500 at 21-21 for the season. Their home form has been stellar at 15-7 SU, but you can’t rely on that come playoff time if you’re not going to have home court advantage. D’Angelo Russell has also stepped up his game lately, I’m expecting that to continue as he faces his former team here. Everything starts and ends with Anthony Davis and LeBron James though. The Nets have done a solid job this season defending the paint, giving up only the 2nd highest amount of points down low, so I’m curious to see how AD handles that. LA should also be encouraged by their recent performances from three-point land. They’ve upped their percentage of makes by 5% in their last 3 games, if that carries over to tonight’s game they’ll be fine.

LA Lakers Point Spread Prediction

LA Lakers -6.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

It's tough to even consider an upset result here after watching the Nets get beaten by the Blazers twice in 10 days. They’ve scored 103, 95 and 102 points in their last 3 games, you need at least 110-115 points to be competitive in today’s NBA and with the possibility of Bridges not even playing, this should be all Lakers. Go with the home team to cover.

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Nets vs Lakers Total Points Prediction: Under 227.5

Under 227.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

Brooklyn’s struggles on offense aren’t anything new, they’re only the 18th most efficient offense in the NBA this season. This team commits the 6th lowest amount of turnovers per game, so they don’t waste many possessions turning the ball over. However, that’s a clear indicator that they just aren’t able to make shots. Pace wise they’re also only 24th in the NBA averaging 98.4 possessions per game, it could be a long night on offense against one of the best defensive home teams we have in the league. The Lakers allow just 108.4 points per 100 possessions at Arena. We’ve seen them rely on their defense to win games at home countless times already this year, for the season their O/U record in home games is at 7-16. That bet has cashed in 4 of their last 6 games overall and in 4 of 5 at home. Brooklyn has also been consistent on the under this season, especially on the road where they are 7-13 on the O/U. With their last 7 of 9 games cashing on this bet, I really like our chances on backing the under tonight.

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