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Warriors Aiming to Spoil Lakers’ Party on Kobe’s Jersey Retirement Night

The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors will take the floor at Staples Center tonight, but the real focus will be on longtime Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who will get his jersey(s) retired in what’s sure to be an emotional celebration.

Shark Bites
  • The Lakers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after consecutive losses.
  • The Warriors are 18-2 SU in their last 20 games against teams with losing records.
  • The Warriors are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games.

Bryant, who was part of five championship teams, spent his entire career with the franchise and is widely regarded as one of the best players in NBA history. The modern-day version of the Lakers isn’t nearly as scary as Bryant’s old teams, however, as the Lakeshow are returning home after dropping the final two of a four-game road trip and haven’t played since falling 121-112 to Cleveland on Thursday. L.A. has dropped seven of its past nine and allowed at least 113 points in each of those seven losses.

Golden State will be without starting point guard Stephen Curry for another week as the superstar nurses an ankle injury, and the banged-up Warriors also won’t have Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green for tonight’s game. Key reserve player Shaun Livingston also will be sidelined with a knee injury. That means Kevin Durant, who’s averaging 33.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists in the last four games, will be leaned on heavily once again.

The Warriors have won the last four games of this series but needed overtime to earn a 127-123 decision at Los Angeles on November 29. UNDER bettors love seeing these teams get together, as seven of the last nine meetings between the clubs have gone below the closing total.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark pick a 116-99 result in favor of the Warriors. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Los Angeles battles the Golden State Warriors, currently with a 23-6 mark (14-15 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 13-14 for the Los Angeles Lakers and 14-14-1 for the Golden State Warriors. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Golden State injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 2-rated Warriors taking on the No. 21-rated Lakers in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 3-rated NBA squad against Golden State's No. 9-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 26 in the league with 8.59 treys per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 3 with 12.28 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Dallas was victimized by Kevin Durant for 36 points as the Warriors defeated the Mavericks 112-97 in NBA action on Thursday.

The Lakers wasted a 26-point performance from Brandon Ingram as Cleveland ran past them 121-112 on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Golden State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 6 games
  • Golden State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Golden State home to Memphis, Wednesday, December 20
Los Angeles at Houston, Wednesday, December 20