The Los Angeles Lakers (26-30) wrap up a quick two-game road swing on Saturday when they face the Golden State Warriors (41-15). Tip-off is 8:30 p.m. ET at Chase Center. Below, we look at the Lakers vs. Warriors odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Lakers are coming off a 107-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday. They have lost two games in a row and six of their last eight outings. Los Angeles is 9-17 on the road.
The Warriors are on a two-game skid of their own. They have the league’s best home record at 25-5 but lost at home 116-114 to the New York Knicks Thursday. Golden State had won nine in a row before the two losses and it beat Los Angeles 121-114 on the road in their first meeting this season.
Lakers at Warriors odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Lakers +230 (bet $100 to win $230) | Warriors -300 (bet $300 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Lakers +6.5 (-107) | Warriors -6.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 223.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
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Lakers at Warriors key injuries
F Carmelo Anthony (hamstring) out
F Anthony Davis (wrist) probable
C Dwight Howard (back) questionable
F LeBron James (knee) questionable
G Russell Westbrook (back) questionable
F Draymond Green (back) out
F Andre Iguodala (back) out
C James Wiseman (knee) out
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Lakers at Warriors odds, lines, picks and predictions
Warriors 124, Lakers 110
PASS on the money line.
The Lakers have struggled too much lately, and on the road this season, to really think they would make a smart pick tonight. Plus, they are struggling with their health. The matchup against Davis will be a challenge for the Warriors, but the Warriors have more mismatches.
While Golden State has lost two in a row it hasn’t lost consecutive home games this season. However, the -300 price tag is just not worth the risk.
Against the spread
The Lakers are 24-32 ATS overall this season and are 12-14 ATS on the road. Los Angeles lost to Golden State on opening night by 7 points.
The Warriors are 29-23-4 ATS overall and 17-11-2 ATS at home.
I’m banking on a bounceback game from the Warriors after their loss to the Knicks and the banged-up Lakers will be the victims.
Take the WARRIORS -6.5 (-115).
The first matchup between the two teams had a total of 235 points.
Four of the Warriors’ last six games have had 230 points or more and they have scored 120 points or more in five of their last eight games.
The Lakers have scored 110 points or more in five of their last seven games.
Take OVER 223.5 (-112).
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