Lakers in series hole against Spurs
The Los Angeles Lakers will try again to get their first win of the playoffs on Friday night as they play host to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series.
The Lakers lost both Game 1 and Game 2 of the set SU and ATS this past week to sit in an 0-2 hole against the Spurs. The teams last met on Wednesday night when San Antonio came away with a 102-91 home win as a 9-point favorite on the NBA odds.
This season the Lakers are 45-37 overall and 34-47-1 ATS against the number, while the Spurs are 58-24 and 39-41-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Los Angeles is 44-37-1 on the OU, and San Antonio is 36-45-1.
Bettors looking to side with the Lakers in this one found them as 3-point underdogs earlier at , while the total had been sitting in the area of 189 at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lakers sit at No. 10 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Spurs are at No. 3 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Spurs will win this game 107-102.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 102.2 PPG, against a Spurs defense that ranks No. 11 at 96.6 PPG. The Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 45.8% so far, less than the Spurs shooters have achieved on the year, 48.1% per game.
Defensively, the Spurs feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.9 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the league in scoring at home.
Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 102-91 result against the Spurs on April 24. The Lakers failed to cover in that game as a 9-point underdog, while the 193 combined points took the game OVER the total. Steve Blake scored 16 points in a failed effort to lead the Lakers to victory (they lost 102-91 to San Antonio at AT&T Center on Wednesday).
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing LA Lakers are 7-3
After playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing San Antonio are 7-3
After playing San Antonio are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3
A few Spurs at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of San Antonio's last 9 games on the road
San Antonio is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Antonio's last 8 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 8 games when playing at home against San Antonio
LA Lakers are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games
San Antonio at LA Lakers, Sunday, April 28
LA Lakers home to San Antonio, Sunday, April 28