Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs, 01/12/17 – Prediction
San Antonio Spurs
Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:35pm
Written by George Middleton on January 12, 2017
Los Angeles Lakers (15-27) at San Antonio Spurs (30-8)
NBA: Thursday, January 12, 2016, at 8:30 p.m. ET
Line: San Antonio -14.5
The Los Angeles Lakers hit the road to take on the San Antonio Spurs for a Thursday night contest. On Nov. 18, the Spurs beat the Lakers 116-107. LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 23 points apiece. Los Angeles has won three of their last five games and San Antonio has won four of five. The Lakers balanced attack is led by Louis Williams who is averaging 17.7 points off the bench. Leonard leads the Spurs with averages of 24.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.9 steals. Los Angeles is 18th in the league in points (104.9 ppg) and San Antonio is 10th in offense (106 ppg). Can D’Angelo Russell lead the Lakers to a big upset win on the road?
Lakers struggle in second half in loss
The Los Angeles Lakers lost 108-87 to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. Los Angeles was outscored Portland 53-30 in the second half. Luol Deng led the Lakers with 14 points and six rebounds in the loss. Brandon Ingram had 11 points on 2-of-2 from deep off the bench. Los Angeles had a difficult time containing C.J. McCollum who had 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting. The Lakers shot 39 percent from the field and the Trail Blazers shot 51 percent.
D’Angelo Russell finished with nine points (4/14 fg), eight rebounds, and six assists. Julius Randle added six points and 10 rebounds. Portland out-rebounded Los Angeles 50-38. The Lakers fell to 10-11 at home this season.
Spurs fall to Bucks
The San Antonio Spurs lost 109-107 to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. San Antonio went into the fourth quarter up six before getting outscored 26-18. Manu Ginobili bricked a three-pointer as time expired to win the game. Leonard led the Spurs with 30 points and seven rebounds. Tony Parker had 14 points and seven assists. The Spurs shot 48 percent from the field and the Bucks shot 52 percent. LaMarcus Aldridge missed the contest due to a stomach virus. San Antonio had trouble defending Michael Beasley (28 points) and Jabari Parker (22 points).
Danny Green went for 14 points on 4-of-9 from deep. Jonathon Simmons added 14 points off the bench. Milwaukee committed 12 turnovers and San Antonio had 15. The Spurs fell to 13-5 at home this season.
The Los Angeles Lakers are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in San Antonio.
The San Antonio Spurs are:
- 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games.
- 11-4 over in last 15 games playing on 1 days rest.
The Lakers are heavy underdogs for right reason but they should come out with some high intensity. Look for Russell and Randle to play well after they struggled on Tuesday. At the end Leonard and Aldridge will be too much but the Lakers will hang around.
The pick: Los Angeles
Last Updated: January 12, 2017
George has his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Communication Studies, minored in Journalism. He is an editor at Fansided powered network Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) and an NBA writer at RantSports. Plays in multiple basketball leagues. Has placed bets since the age of 15. Love watching basketball, baseball, and football games. Also loves Hip-Hop.