On Monday evening, the Los Angeles Lakers (23-27) and the Brooklyn Nets (30-19) will face off in a cross-conference matchup. This is the second game in a five-game road trip for the Lakers, who were defeated 125-121 in overtime by the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Brooklyn hopes to end this three-game homestand with a win after defeating the New York Knicks 122-115 on Jan. 28. Los Angeles is without forwards Anthony Davis (foot) and LeBron James (ankle). Kevin Durant (knee) is out for Brooklyn, while Ben Simmons (knee) is doubtful and T.J. Warren (shin) is questionable.
The game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with the Nets listed as an 8.5-point favourite in the latest Nets vs. Lakers odds at Caesars Sportsbook. The total points over/under is set at 230. Before making any Lakers vs. Nets predictions, check out SportsLine’s NBA predictions and betting tips from the proven computer model.
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The algorithm has now zeroed in on Lakers vs. Nets and has just locked in its choices and NBA predictions. You can now see the model’s choices on SportsLine. Here are some NBA odds and betting lines for the Nets vs. Lakers matchup:
• Brooklyn -8.5; • Lakers vs. Nets Over/Under: 230 points; • Lakers vs. Nets money line: Brooklyn -420, Los Angeles +320
• LAL: Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their past 6 away games • BK: Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 overall • Lakers vs. Nets selections: See SportsLine choices
Why can the Nets cover
Guard Seth Curry is a perimeter shooter with a fluid release who can score off the dribble or from the catch-and-shoot. The Duke product averages 10.9 points per game and shoots 43.8% from outside the arc. He has at least 16 points in four of his previous seven games. Curry had 32 points, four assists, and was 7-of-10 from deep on January 25.
Royce, go forward O’Neale is a good 3-and-D player for the Nets. O’Neale’s stature and length benefit him as a defender and finisher near the basket. The Baylor product averages 9.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. In his last game, he had 14 points, five rebounds, and four three-pointers.
Why the Lakers are capable of covering
Guard Russell Westbrook comes off the bench with a lot of energy and athleticism. Westbrook like to go downhill and up the speed, scanning the floor fast to generate his own shot or find a teammate. The 34-year-old averages 15.8 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, and 7.5 assists. He had 29 points, five rebounds, and six assists on January 20.
Center Thomas Bryant has a strong drive and uses his length to be a force down low. Bryant possesses a delicate touch around the basket and a strong feel for scoring in the lane. The Indiana product averages 12.6 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game, and shoots 64% from the floor. Bryant had 15 points and seven rebounds in a defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers on January 24.
Picking the Lakers vs. the Nets
The total is favoured by SportsLine’s model, which predicts a total of 241 points. According to the model, one side hits over 70% of the time. The selection is only available at SportsLine.
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