Lakers vs Spurs wagering preview
Having beaten the Los Angeles Lakers as a road favorite earlier in the season the San Antonio Spurs will try to pick up an ATS win over Kobe Bryant and company at home when they meet on Wednesday.
The Spurs topped the Lakers by a score of 84-82 at the Staples Center as a 1-point road favorite when those Western clubs last met back on November 13. That made San Antonio 3-0 both SU and ATS over their past three games against Los Angeles.
Los Angeles will be without both center Dwight Howard (shoulder) and forward Pau Gasol (concussion) for their Wednesday contest.
The Spurs bring a 27-10 record (22-14-1 ATS) to the battle against the 15-19 Lakers, who are 13-21 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen San Antonio go 18-19 so far and the Lakers go 20-14. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 11-rated Lakers taking on the No. 1-rated Spurs in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 110-103 win for the Spurs on Wednesday.
Bovada promo of Lakers Spurs odds:
This Wednesday, Lakers fans will get an opportunity to see their faltering juggernaut try their luck against San Antonio, a team that for over a decade has managed to achieve a level of consistency that Kobe Bryant and company could currently only dream of.
See for yourself when the Western Conference giants square off.
With Dwight Howard facing injury concerns, Pau Gasol once again at the center of a whirlwind of trade rumors and Steve Nash and Bryant not getting any younger, betting on a team like the Lakers is getting harder and harder. Although questions have arisen as to just how successful they’ll be following their offseason makeover, their NBA odds haven’t dipped alongside lowered expectations.
That the Lakers currently sit tied with the dominant Spurs with 17/2 NBA odds is a testament to how unpredictable the sportsbook can be. Although it’s getting easier and easier to write off the uncharacteristically weak Lake Show, nobody wants to be the first to officially rule them out.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Antonio's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 104.9 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 26 at 101.5 PPG. The Spurs field goal percentage has averaged 48.4% so far, more than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.4% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Lakers own the league's No. 30-rated mark, allowing 106.9 points per game when playing on the road. San Antonio, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring on their home court.
Los Angeles was a 125-112 loser in its last match on the road against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 237 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles suffered a 125-112 loss against Houston on Tuesday, getting 24 points from Metta World Peace in a losing effort at Toyota Center.
San Antonio lost its last outing, a 95-88 result against the Hornets on January 7. The Spurs failed to cover in that game as an 8-point favorite, while the 183 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Spurs endured a 95-88 loss at the hands of the Hornets on Monday, despite a 21-point effort from Manu Ginobili at New Orleans Arena.
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7
San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 3-7
After playing New Orleans are 10-0
After a loss are 7-3
A few Lakers at Spurs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the LA Lakers last 12 games when playing San Antonio
San Antonio is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Antonio's last 6 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
San Antonio is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
LA Lakers home to Oklahoma City, Friday, January 11
San Antonio at Memphis, Friday, January 11