Lakers vs. Warriors Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Warriors are set as a 10.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under has not been set yet.
Los Angeles comes in with an 11-18 overall record and 15-14 ATS after a 122-116 upset win at the Rockets, ending Houston's 14-game win streak. Golden State is 25-6 overall and 15-16 ATS following a 97-84 home victory over the Grizzlies, its 10th straight win. The Warriors are 2-0 straight up in two meetings this season with both games going to overtime in Los Angeles, but the Lakers are 2-0 ATS. The over is 2-0. Golden State is 5-1 straight up and 3-3 ATS in six meetings since the start of last season. The over-under is 3-3.
In the victory at the Rockets, Kyle Kuzma poured in 38 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists to lead the way. Corey Brewer tallied 21 points, five boards and three steals in 25 minutes off the bench. Lonzo Ball added 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Los Angeles led 63-59 at halftime and fended off Houston in the second half.
Klay Thompson scored 27 of his 29 points in the first half to go with five assists, two rebounds and two steals in the win over Memphis. Kevin Durant tallied 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Omri Casspi added 12 points and six rebounds off the bench. Golden State led 56-51 at halftime and held on with a defensive battle in the second half.
Los Angeles is 0-4 ATS in its last four meetings in Los Angeles. The over is 26-10 in the last 36 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Lakers took Golden State to the limit in two meetings at Los Angeles, first against a full strength Warriors squad and then earlier this week versus a depleted GSW team. With the Lakers coming in with a ton of confidence after a gem of a gameplan ended Houston's win streak, I don't think this will be an easy game for the Warriors by any stretch of the imagination. Kuzma looks like he is going to be a star in this league for years to come, while Ball has played with more poise as of late. Look for LA to keep this one within single digits and put another scare into Golden State.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES LAKERS +10.5