Lakers vs. Warriors Pick
Will the Golden State Warriors close out the regular season in style when they host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Warriors are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -14 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 222.5 points. The Warriors have won and covered in two of the three meetings with the Lakers this season.
The Warriors are coming off a 105-99 loss at home to the Jazz to drop to 66-15 on the season. It snapped a 14-game win streak, but the Warriors are clearly locked into the top seed in the West. Golden State is 8-1-1 against the spread over its last 10 games and 39-39-3 against the spread on the season. The Warriors are averaging 116 points per game on offense while allowing 104.4 on defense. Over their last five games, the Warriors are averaging 120.4 on offense while giving up 107.8 on defense. Stephen Curry is averaging 25.4 points and 6.6 assists per game this season while Kevin Durant is adding 25 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. It’s unclear on who will play tonight for the Warriors, but Draymond Green is listed as out with rest.
The Lakers are actually rolling along right now, winning five straight, while covering the spread in six straight. Los Angeles is now 26-55 overall and 37-42-2 against the spread on the season. The Lakers are averaging 104.7 points per game this season while allowing 111.5 on defense. Over their last five, the Lakers are averaging 105.2 on offense while allowing 99.4 on defense. The Lakers have packed up some of their players, but it hasn’t stopped them from rolling along lately. Jordan Clarkson is leading the team with 14.7 points per contest.
The Warriors don’t have anything to play for, but they still are working Durant into shape before the playoffs. The Lakers are rolling along, but their last three wins have been against the Kings, T’Wolves and Pelicans. The Warriors aren’t going to just lay down in their home finale. Even if they rest some starters, they still have a lot of offensive talent to put on the floor.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS -14