Free NBA Pick: Nets vs Lakers
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(4-6 (1-4 V)) Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers 6-5 (3-1 H)
Date: Tuesday, November 15
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center – Los Angeles, Calif.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: LAL – 7
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
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The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers have proven two things during the early portion of the 2016-17 NBA season: They’re better than most thought they’d be, and they’re far more entertaining than they were last year.
These two face off at Staples Center Tuesday night.
The Brooklyn Nets enter Tuesday ready to play their second game in L.A. in as many nights. Monday they saw the Clippers on their schedule, who are easily one of the best teams in the Association during the young season.
The Lakers…not so much. But Brooklyn will still have a challenge cut out for itself against a young roster that is already showing growth in the Luke Walton/post-Kobe Bryant era.
On the year, Brooklyn is scoring 106.3 points per game, as of this writing. That number is good enough for 12th in the league.
Defensively, the team is giving up 107.6 points per night. That number puts them at 21st overall.
Against the Lakers, the idea is to contain the backcourt. Lou Williams, despite coming off the bench, is the team’s leading scorer at 16.5 points per contest.
D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young round out the next three, all averaging better than 14.2 points per night.
It’s true that opponents have to watch out for the emerging Julius Randle, but he alone isn’t going to take down the Nets or anybody else.
Keep an eye on how Brooklyn approaches its matchup at the guard positions.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers’ early start to the new season has to be considered a success. Although they were pegged to be a slight notch higher than the Nets, nobody thought they’d be coming along as quickly as they have.
I guess it shows just how big of a handicap the Black Mamba really was last season…not to mention Byron Scott’s dated system and infatuation with getting Bryant the ball.
This year, L.A. is averaging 108.6 points per contest, which is good enough for fifth in the Association. As mentioned earlier, nobody on the roster is averaging more than 16.5 points per night — this has been a whole team effort to become a top-five scoring squad.
Defensively, the Lakers still have work to do. They’re just 20th in the league in points per game allowed, giving up 107.5 points per game; however, they are 13th in defensive efficiency.
Against the Nets, the Lakers need to be disciplined with the basketball. Allowing a bad team to have extra opportunities by turning over the rock is a recipe for disaster.
Los Angeles enters this game a seven-point favorite, but that’s only going to hold true if it protects the ball throughout the contest.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Nets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Nets are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Lakers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Free Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
As entertaining as the Lakers are this season, they also have infuriating tendencies — all young teams do. We’d be tempted to give Brooklyn the win ATS and possibly even SU, except for one key factor.
They play the Clippers the night before.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: LAL ATS
A back-to-back is made infinitely more reasonable when you are playing in the same city, but it’s still less than ideal when your opponent (the Lakers, in this case), had the night before off.
Look for L.A. to take advantage of that on Tuesday.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Lakers 115 – Nets 105
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