Spurs try to close out the Lakers
The injured Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to avoid elimination on Sunday night as they host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series.
The Spurs took a 3-0 series lead on the Lakers on Friday night with a 120-89 road victory in a game in which they easily covered the 6.5-point spread on the NBA odds at the sportsbooks. Tim Duncan tossed in 26 points for the Spurs in that victory.
The Lakers sit at 45-37 (34-47-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Spurs are currently 58-24 (39-41-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Los Angeles is 44-37-1 OU, and San Antonio is 36-45-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For bettors going with the Lakers in this one, they were listed earlier as 8.5-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 188 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Lakers, currently No. 10 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Spurs, who rate No. 3 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 107-102 victory for the Spurs.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 4-rated squad against San Antonio's No. 21-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 4 in the league with 8.7 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 7 with 8.1 per outing.
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.
In their last action, San Antonio was a 120-89 winner on the road against the Lakers. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (209) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Spurs blew out Los Angeles on Friday, running up the score in a 120-89 win at STAPLES Center.
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
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 Sunday are 4-6
Before playing San Antonio are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
A few Spurs at Lakers trends to consider:
San Antonio is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of San Antonio's last 10 games on the road
San Antonio is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 13-2 SU in their last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the LA Lakers last 17 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 11 of the LA Lakers last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the LA Lakers last 9 games when playing at home against San Antonio
San Antonio home to LA Lakers, Tuesday, April 30
LA Lakers at San Antonio, Tuesday, April 30