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Wizards face Lakers: NBA odds preview

Washington WizardsLos Angeles Lakers
March 22, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

24-43TEAM RECORD36-33

STAPLES Center will feature Lakers vs. Wizards action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Lakers are 36-33 so far on the season, and 29-40 ATS vs. the number. The Wizards, meanwhile, are 24-43 and 40-26-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 35-33-1 and the Wizards go 25-41-1 on the totals.

View Washington vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Lakers at No. 10 and the Wizards at No. 14 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 99-95 result in favor of the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 6-ranked offense (102.1 PPG) against a Wizards defense that ranks No. 6 at 95.2 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 45.8% from the field per game, more than the Wizards have managed so far this season (43.5% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Wizards own the league's No. 4-rated mark, allowing 94.8 points per game when playing on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring on their home court.

Washington was an 88-79 winner in its last match on the road against the Suns. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 167 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Wizards grabbed an 88-79 win over the Suns on Wednesday, behind a 19-point effort from John Wall at US Airways Center.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 99-76 loser on the road against the Suns. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (175) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles was crushed on Monday, getting run out of the gym by Phoenix and falling 99-76 at US Airways Center.

Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Golden State are 4-6
After playing Phoenix are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Golden State are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2

A few Wizards at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington's last 14 games on the road
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Washington's last 19 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games when playing Washington
LA Lakers are 15-2 SU in their last 17 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games

Next up:
Washington at Golden State, Saturday, March 23
LA Lakers at Golden State, Monday, March 25