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Pointspread favors Warriors in battle with Lakers

Los Angeles LakersGolden State Warriors
13-13December 21, 2013, 10:30 | Oracle Arena14-13

The Warriors will try to cover the spread at Oracle Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Lakers in basketball action.

Supporters of the Lakers have seen them go 13-13 and 16-10 ATS so far this season, while the Warriors are at 14-13 and 11-14-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Warriors are 12-15, while the Lakers are 14-12.

View Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Warriors in this one, they were listed earlier as -11.5-point Favorite on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 207 for Saturday at shops such as 5Dimes.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 15-rated Warriors and the No. 21-rated Lakers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 97-92 win for the Warriors on Saturday.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 104-91 result against the Timberwolves on December 20. The Lakers covered in that game as a 6-point underdog, while the 195 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Lakers got a 25-point performance from Nick Young as Los Angeles ran past Minnesota 104-91 on Friday at STAPLES Center.

Last time out for Golden State, they were a 104-102 loser as they battled the Spurs at home. The Warriors failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite, while 206 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Golden State got 32 points from David Lee en route to a 104-102 loss at the hands of Golden State on Thursday at Oracle Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Golden State's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 103 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 28 at 102.96 PPG. The Warriors field goal percentage has averaged 46.51% so far, more than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.63% per game.

Next up:
Los Angeles at Phoenix, Monday, December 23rd
Golden State at Denver, Monday, December 23rd