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2020 NBA Handicapping
(3-4) San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers (6-2)
Date: Thursday, January 7
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Spurs +360 | Lakers -403
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
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Thursday, January 7th finds the San Antonio Spurs facing the Los Angeles Lakers for the third time this season. Both prior meeting on December 30th (121-107) and January 1st (109-103) was won by the Lakers.
The San Antonio Spurs hold the all-time edge versus the Blazers winning 89 of 176 contests. Last season the teams played three times with LA taking all three contests.
San Antonio Spurs
The schedule makers did no favors to the Spurs aligning them to play the Lakers three times in their first eight contests. Having lost both prior matches the Spurs will endeavor to find a way to notch a victory versus the defending champions on Thursday.
Although it’s been a rough start for Gregg Popovich’s club they ended a four-game losing streak with a 116-113 victory over the LA Clippers.
The Spurs registered the victory by winning three of four quarters and capturing a 63-44 half time lead and withstanding the Clippers 40-22 third frame.
San Antonio managed the victory behind balanced scoring with Patty Mills leading the way behind a 27 point effort off the bench. Keldon Johnson came one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Dejounte Murray added 21 points while LaMarcus Aldridge returned to chip in 14 points. Reserves Rudy Gay (16) and Devin Vassell (12) were the other double-figure contributors.
Derrick White (toe) and Quinndary Weatherspoon (knee) are out indefinitely.
Los Angeles Lakers
While the Lakers are trying to ease into the season not overtaxing their superstars but continue to amass victories with only two losses through eight games.
LeBron James was questionable to play versus the Grizzlies but suited up and along with his co-star,12 Anthony Davis each delivered an impressive double-double performance.
James registered 26 points and 12 rebounds with seven assists while Davis notched 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Dennis Schroder scored 12 as the only other Lakers players to register double-figure scoring.
Despite the All-Star efforts of James and Davis, they are both questionable for this game with LeBron nursing an ankle injury and Davis dealing with a right adductor strain.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle sprain) has missed the last two games and is out Thursday. Alex Caruso who missed the last three games while dealing with the NBA health and safety protocols is expected to return versus the Spurs.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 11-4 in SA last 15 Thu. games.
- LAL are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Under is 10-3 in LAL last 13 Thu. games.
- Under is 19-7 in LAL last 26 vs. NBA Southwest.
Free San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Spurs just proved they can take down an elite team and while the Lakers are a different beast much will depend on whether James and Davis play. Without them, it will be difficult for LA to win let alone cover the 7.5 spread.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Spurs +7.5
If LeBron and AD play I’d favor the Lakers to win but I’m not confident they cover the spread.
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