Mike D'Antoni' is hired but his tenure will not begin Tuesday as the Lakers host the Spurs at STAPLES Center in NBA action.
After the dance with Phil Jackson ended, the Lakers hired D'Antoni and oddsmakers are unsettled as to what this will mean for Kobe Bryant and company.
D'Antoni had knee surgery, so assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will again be on the sidelines vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.
The Spurs will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 4-2-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Lakers are 3-4 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). San Antonio is 3-4 on the totals; Los Angeles is 4-3.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Lakers as 3.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 197.5, but may be on the move at and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lakers - Spurs odds would favor the Spurs if the lines were set according to power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 19 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Spurs sit at No. 13. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 103-101 win for the Lakers.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 3-rated squad against San Antonio's No. 28-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 12 in the league with 6.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 13 with 6.6 per outing.
Defensively, the Spurs feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, giving up 99 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for San Antonio, they were a 112-109 winner as they battled the Trail Blazers on the road. The Spurs covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 221 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Spurs got a 27-point performance from Gary Neal as San Antonio ran past Portland 112-109 on Saturday at Rose Garden.
The Lakers were a 103-90 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Kings. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (193) made winners of OVER bettors. Dwight Howard scored 23 points and added 18 rebounds for a double-double, leading Los Angeles over Sacramento, 103-90, on Sunday at STAPLES Center.
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing New York are 5-5
After playing Portland are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Phoenix are 7-3
After playing Sacramento are 7-3
After a win are 2-8
A few Spurs at Lakers trends to consider:
San Antonio is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
San Antonio is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of San Antonio's last 11 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 6 games
LA Lakers are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games when playing at home against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the LA Lakers last 11 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 10 games
San Antonio home to New York, Thursday, November 15
LA Lakers home to Phoenix, Friday, November 16