Date/Time: 12-05-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -9
In this all-Western showdown between two teams on opposite trajectories this season, the fifth Los Angeles Lakers, who want to continue on the winning ways, are hosting the fourth-worse San Antonio Spurs, who have won only once in their last four games.
Spurs are 11-13 so far in the league and are tied with two more teams in the 11th place of the West. They are 1-3 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Utah on the road, 105-139. Lakers are 14-9 so far in the league and are sitting in the fifth place of the Western Conference. They have won their last three games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Phoenix at home, 120-96.
Top Basketball BookmakersSan Antonio are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 24 ppg. He also adds 5.6 rebounds and leads the team in assists made with 6 per game, while LaMarcus Aldridge follows with 18.2 ppg and leading the team in rebounding with 10.2 per game. LA are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.8 ppg. He also leads the team both in assists with 6.7 and in rebounding with 7.7 per game, while Kyle Kuzma follows with 16.6 ppg, adding 5.3 rebounds per game. Brandon Ingram adds 15.7 ppg and 4.2 rebounds.
In their two matchups last year, San Antonio had a perfect 2-0 winning at home with a 110-106 score and on the road 142-143 in overtime. LA are 9-4 at home so far, while San Antonio are 4-9 on the road. LA have both a better offense with 112.7 ppg to San Antonio’s 109.2 and a better defense, allowing 111 ppg to San Antonio’s 113.4. LA have a better accuracy from the field, shooting with 47.6% to San Antonio’s 45.8%, while San Antonio have a better accuracy from behind the arc, shooting with 38.6% to LA’s 34.5%. San Antonio commit fewer turnovers per game (12.3 to 15.7), while LA grab more rebounds per game (46.5 to 43.9) and both squads dish almost the same number of assists (23.9 and 23.8). San Antonio have been extremely weak in the season so far and they don’t pose a threat in LA, so pick the Lakers in this one.
San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -9 (-108)