Los Angeles Has Only a Few More Chances to Earn a Playoff Spot.
If the Lakers want a chance to play for another championship, they better win this game. Los Angeles has been a lackluster team lately, with very low morale. After losing Anthony Davis to an injury, it would seem as if the Lakers have given up. On Thursday, they face the Warriors, a team without its best player. A win could get the Lakers to No.10 in the Western Conference.
The Warriors have locked up their playoff ticket, even with all of the injuries they’ve suffered. In a recent game against the Utah Jazz, the Warriors were able to clinch their spot in the playoffs. Now, there’s a chance we see a few players be rested, but we don’t think that’s the case. Plus, in terms of depth, the Warriors have the Lakers easily beat. So, let’s make our pick for this game.
Game Preview: Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors Game Preview
The great news for the Lakers is that both Anthony Davis and LeBron James have returned. However, they took a 114-111 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in their first game back. The Lakers don’t play well as a team, something that needs to be addressed in the offseason. At the time of writing, they’ve lost five straight games. One more loss, and they can forget the playoffs.
The Golden State Warriors have pressed on after losing Stephen Curry. Players such as Jordan Poole have played a large role in his absence. The good news is the Warriors have players like Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. As a team, the Warriors are great on both sides of the ball. The Warriors put up 110.73 points per game on offense, only allowing 105.69 on defense.
Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors Betting Prediction
In their history against the Warriors, the Lakers have done rather well. Over the last ten games, the Lakers have gone 7-3 against the Golden State Warriors. In terms of how they’ve performed against the spread, the Lakers are 6-4 ATS in their last ten against Golden State. On paper, the Lakers seem like they’d be the better team to take, so we’ll trust the trends here.
In early March, these two teams last faced each other, and the Lakers were at home. Los Angeles came in as 5.5-point underdogs, and the Warriors had Stephen Curry at the time. The Lakers won the game, 124-116, stealing a win from the Warriors. LeBron James had a 56-point game against the Warriors; expect a similar showing on Thursday.
With LeBron and Anthony Davis back in the lineup, the Lakers can focus on what they do best. Attention will be taken off of LeBron as well, allowing him to put up a lot of points. The total has gone over all three times in their last three meetings. We’ll take the Lakers to win this game and cover the spread, with the total going over.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.