The Brooklyn Nets (16-24) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (21-21) on Friday, January 19th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on ESPN. The Lakers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Nets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Mavericks. Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET.
Nets vs Lakers
The Nets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Nets’ most recent matchup against the Trail Blazers saw Mikal Bridges lead the Nets with 21 points while shooting 7/18 from the field. Spencer Dinwiddie added 19 points, but unfortunately, Brooklyn was defeated in the game with a score of 105-103.
Heading into today’s game against the Lakers, the Nets have a record of 16-24. In the Eastern Conference, they are 11th and 4th in the Atlantic division.
Brooklyn possesses a .500 ATS record for the season, sitting at 19-19 ATS. The Nets maintain an ATS record of 7-13 on the road, while they have a 12-6 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
In the Lakers’ most recent game against the Mavericks, D’Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 29 points while going 11/20 from the field. The Lakers picked up a 127-110 win, and Anthony Davis also added 28 points which was 2nd on the team.
With a win in their next game versus the Nets, the Lakers can have a winning record as they are 21-21. While on the road, the Lakers are 6-14 this season compared to their 15-7 home record.
Los Angeles arrives with an ATS record of 18-24 for the season up to this point. On the road, the Lakers have an ATS record of 8-12, as opposed to a 10-12 record against the spread when playing at home.
Nets Offense Breakdown
The Nets come into today’s game as the 19th ranked scoring offense at 113.8 points per game.
So far this season, the Nets have been below the NBA scoring average in 55% of their games and are 19th in the league in scoring at 113.8 points per game. In their last three games, they have scored less than their season average.
When it comes to pace, Brooklyn is 24th in the league at 97.8 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 26th in the NBA at 45%.
One area where the Nets have been strong is offensive rebounding, as they are 4th in the league in that category. In terms of assists, Brooklyn is 16th in the NBA with an average of 26.1 per game.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Los Angeles has recorded an average of 114.4 points per game (18th) throughout 42 games games.
This season, the Lakers are 18th in the NBA in scoring at 114.4 points per game. At home, they are averaging 115.0 points per game.
When it comes to pace, the Lakers are 6th in the league at 100.6 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 7th at 48%.
One area where the Lakers have struggled is three-point shooting. They are 30th in three-point attempts and 23rd in three-point shooting percentage.
Nets Team Defense
On defense, the Nets come into the game ranked 17th in the league in points allowed at 115.6 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 104 points per contest (3rd). When it comes to forced turnovers, the Nets are forcing 11.9 per game, which is 6th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 12th in blocked shots at 5.5 per game.
Lakers Team Defense
On the defensive side, Lakers is currently hovering around the NBA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 115.4 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Lakers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.2% and allowing 37.8% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Nets And Lakers
For today’s matchup, we project Mikal Bridges to lead the scoring for the Nets, putting up 20 points and shooting at a rate of 7/16. This season, he is averaging 21.4 points per game along with 5.3 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Anthony Davis to be the top scorer for the Lakers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 23, and he is expected to secure 12 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 55.5%, and his scoring average is 25.2 points per game.
Nets vs Lakers Trends
- Although Brooklyn has a straight up record of 1-9 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 0-10. The team averaged 105 points per game in these games.
- Although Los Angeles has a straight up record of 2-8 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 3-7. The team averaged 116 points per game in these games.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Nets have gone 1-3-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-4.
- Through their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Lakers have a good straight up record, but their ATS mark is just 1-2.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Nets vs. Lakers game, our recommendation is to take the Nets at +7. Despite our model showing the Lakers winning 116-110, we like Nets as our point-spread pick.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 227.5, and our model projects the Nets and Lakers to reach a combined total of 226 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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