Spurs visit Lakers in hoops battle

San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Lakers
1-0 November 01, 2013, 10:30 | STAPLES Center 1-1

 

The Lakers will try to cover the spread at STAPLES Center on Friday when they get a visit from the Spurs in basketball action.

Kobe Bryant made $24 million today as part of his most recent contract, but its Tim Duncan's news that affects betting today. The big man will not play tonight against the Lakers, according to multiple news reports. That means a steady diet of Boris Diaw instead.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Lakers are 1-1 so far on the season, and 1-1 ATS vs. the number. The Spurs, meanwhile, are 1-0 and 1-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 2-0 and the Spurs go 1-0 on the totals.

View San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Spurs before tip-off in this one found them as -9-point earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 205.5 at TopBet.

This game pits the Lakers, currently No. 14 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Spurs, who rate No. 23 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 102-87 victory for the Spurs.

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The Spurs were a 101-94 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Grizzlies. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (195) made winners of OVER bettors. The Spurs got 14 points from Kawhi Leonard as San Antonio ran past Memphis 101-94 on Wednesday at AT&T Center.

Next up:
San Antonio at Portland, Saturday, November 2nd
Los Angeles at Atlanta, Sunday, November 3rd

 

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