Lakers try to get past the Spurs
The Los Angeles Lakers fell short in Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs, but they'll get another chance at a victory in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday night.
The Spurs rolled to a 91-79 win over the Lakers in Game 1 on Sunday, covering a 9-point spread on the NBA betting lines at home in the contest. Tony Parker had 18 points and eight assists for the Spurs, and Dwight Howard had 20 points for the Lakers.
This season the Spurs are 58-24 overall and 39-41-2 ATS against the number, while the Lakers are 45-37 and 34-47-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, San Antonio is 36-45-1 on the OU, and Los Angeles is 44-37-1.
Bettors looking to side with the Spurs in this one found them as 9-point favorites earlier at , while the total had been sitting in the area of 187.5 at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Spurs and the No. 10-ranked Lakers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 107-102 result in favor of the Spurs.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Antonio's No. 4-ranked offense (103 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 22 at 101 PPG. The Spurs have averaged 48.1% from the field per game, more than the Lakers have managed so far this season (45.8% on average).
Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 28-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.7 points per game. San Antonio, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 91-79 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Lakers failed to cover in the match as a 9-point underdog, while 170 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got 20 points and 15 rebounds from Dwight Howard in a losing cause in a 91-79 loss to San Antonio on Sunday at AT&T Center.
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 8-2
After playing San Antonio are 9-1
After a loss are 8-2
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
A few Lakers at Spurs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 8 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Antonio's last 8 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
San Antonio is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
San Antonio is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers home to San Antonio, Friday, April 26
San Antonio at LA Lakers, Friday, April 26