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L.A. Lakers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Picks (Dec. 14th)

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Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Venue: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Broadcast: KCAL, CSW
Los Angeles Lakers at Washington Wizards Betting Lines from BetUS.com
Money Line: Lakers -800, Wizards +600
Spread: Lakers -10.5
Over/Under: 203
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Los Angeles Lakers (17-7)

After a four-game losing streak, the Lakers are back on track. In real life, that is. Winning four of five is nothing to sneeze at but, since they’ve barely scraped by in most of those games, they haven’t redeemed themselves in bettors’ eyes yet. In fact, the Lakers have been a nightmare for anyone picking them against the spread. They’re 1-9 ATS over their last 10 games and 0-4 ATS over their last four.

Over the last week, L.A. was favored against Washington by 13 and won by just seven; it beat the lowly Clippers by a single point on a buzzer-beating layup by Derek Fisher; and it failed to cover a nine-point spread against the Nets. It also escaped Chicago with a four-point win. Tonight will mark their fourth straight road game and it’s possible they’re just growing tired.

However, the Lakers do look like they’ll get a shot in the arm tonight. Andrew Bynum is probable to make his season debut. Assuming he’s 100 per cent, he could give L.A. a better chance of covering the 10.5 points.

Washington Wizards (6-16)

The Wizards keep doing what they do: lose games. They’ve lost four straight and eight of nine. It certainly doesn’t help that rookie John Wall is hobbled by a sore knee. The first overall pick has missed seven of 22 games this season. He tried to labor through the Wizards’ last game against the Knicks but tallied just eight points on 4 of 14 shooting in 36 minutes.

Wall will not play tonight against L.A., meaning the Wizards will have to replace the production of a guy who scored 22 points and had 14 assists against the defending champs last week. At least Nick Young is healthy and ready to contribute; he averages 18.3 points in six career games against the Lakers – his highest average against any team.

The pick:

I expect a very similar score to last week’s game. I know there’s no John Wall but the Lakers are growing sluggish on this road trip. The underdog is 7-3 ATs over the last 10 meetings between these two teams. I also don’t think we should overrate Bynum’s return. The Lakers are likely to limit his minutes and the big man will need time to find his legs. Thanks to the Wizards’ porous defense, the Lakers should score enough to win, but they won’t cover the double-digit spread.

Lakers vs Wizards prediction: Lakers 110, Wizards 102

Money Line: Lakers -800
Spread: Wizards +10.5
Over/Under: OVER 203

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