The Los Angeles Lakers (30-40) play for the second night in a row in the third game of their four-game road trip, facing the Washington Wizards (29-40) Saturday. Tip-off is 8 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena. Below, we look at the Lakers vs. Wizards odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Lakers picked up a 128-123 overtime road win over the Toronto Raptors Friday to snap a three-game losing streak. They have only three wins in their last 12 games. They’re in ninth place in the Western Conference. With 12 games left on their schedule, they hold a one-game lead over the 10th-place Pelicans and a 3.5-game lead over the Spurs and Trail Blazers, who are tied for 11th place.
The Wizards have lost six games in a row, recently dropping a 100-97 decision at the New York Knicks Friday. The Wizards return home for this one vs. the Lakers before hitting the road for three games. They are currently out of the playoff picture as they are in 12th place in the East. They are 5.5 games behind the 10th-place Hornets for the final spot for play-in games for the final two seeds in the playoffs.
Lakers at Wizards odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Lakers +115 (bet $100 to win $115) | Wizards -140 (bet $140 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Lakers +2.5 (-108) | Wizards -2.5 (-112)
Over/Under (O/U): 227.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Lakers at Wizards key injuries
F Anthony Davis (foot) out
SG Wayne Ellington (illness) questionable
F Wenyen Gabriel (ankle) questionable
SG Talen Horton-Tucker (ankle) probable
SG Bradley Beal (wrist) out
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) questionable
Lakers at Wizards odds, lines, picks and predictions
Wizards 114, Lakers 110
The Lakers are coming off a win but have not won consecutive games since prevailing in four in a row between Dec. 31 and Jan. 7. Every win since then has been followed by at least one loss. They are also a woeful 10-23 on the road this season.
The Wizards have dropped six straight games, including a 122-109 loss to the Lakers on the road March 11. They are 1 game under .500 at home this season at 17-18. They have alternated wins and losses in their last nine home games, most recently falling to the Nuggets 127-109 Wednesday.
Take the WIZARDS (-140) to win a HALF UNIT.
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Against the spread
Both teams’ ATS records are similar to their win/loss records. The Lakers are 29-40-1 ATS and 14-19 ATS on the road.
The Wizards are 26-41-2 ATS overall and 15-19-1 ATS at home.
The Lakers have not covered the spread in a loss since Feb. 16.
Take the WIZARDS -2.5 (-112).
Eight of the last 10 games for the Wizards have hit the Over. Before scoring only 97 in their loss Friday to the New York Knicks, they averaged 115.0 points per game in their previous eight games.
The Lakers have averaged 114.7 points per game over their last 10.
However, with a high projected total, can one or both teams get into the 120’s? I’m not sure.
LEAN UNDER 227.5 (-110).
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