Lakers vs. Nets Pick

NBA Predictions: Will Lakers and Nets race past projected total? 2/2/18

Is the over the correct play for betters when the up-tempo Los Angeles Lakers and host Brooklyn Nets do battle tonight at 7:30PM ET?

Who Oddsmakers Like: Brooklyn. According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Nets are a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 217.5 points. The spread opened as a pick'em, while the total has gone up slightly from 217.

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Who the Public Likes: Brooklyn. As of Friday afternoon, 58 percent of public bets have come in on the Nets.

Injury Report: Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is out indefinitely with a sprained MCL. For the Nets, Caris LeVert has missed the last three games with a strained groin and is out tonight. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has also missed the last three games with a groin strain and is out again tonight. Jeremy Lin ruptured his patellar tendon in the season opener and was ruled out for the season.

Who the Trends Like: Los Angeles is 9-2-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Brooklyn and 3-1-2 ATS in the last six meetings overall. The under is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Brooklyn.

Who We Like: The Lakers have engaged in a lot of shootouts lately, with the lowest team total for either team in its last six games being 103 points in a 108-103 victory at the Bulls. Brooklyn's offense was in a bit of a slump for a few games, but found itself in a 116-108 home win over the 76ers last game. D'Angelo Russell got hot from long-range in that game and now gets a revenge game against his former team. With Spencer Dinwiddie leading the charge at point guard and Russell playing a complementary role off the bench, I expect the Nets offense to do just fine tonight. And the Lakers haven't had issues with scoring, so I like the scoreboard to find its way to the over.

NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LAKERS/NETS OVER 217.5

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