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#589 Golden State Warriors 224 vs.
#590 Los Angeles Lakers -8
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:05pm EST
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Golden State Warriors in a Pacific Division battle Wednesday night from the Staples Center. The Warriors are coming off a 122-108 home loss to the Jazz, and the Lakers tallied a solid 123-115 road win over the Suns on Tuesday night. The Warriors won three of four against the Lakers last season.

Warriors Losing Streak Extended to Four Games

The Golden State Warriors enter this divisional clash looking to snap a four-game losing streak which included a 122-108 home loss to the Jazz in their latest action. Golden State is down in last place in the division with only two wins in 11 games. They have been hit with several key injuries. Steph Curry is out long term with a hand injury and Klay Thompson is out for the season. Kevin Looney is also out for the rest of the month.D’Angelo Russell is having a terrific season, leading Golden State with 26.3 PPG on 45.1% shooting. The 23-year old shooting guard is red-hot right now, netting at least 30 points in four consecutive games.

Golden State is glad to have Draymond Green back in the lineup after missing 10 days with a finger injury. The veteran power forward only has one-double-double this season, and he is averaging 8.5 PPG and a team-leading 7.7 RPG in eight games on the season. Green only averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in four games against the Lakers last season.

The Warriors own a 1-4 road record on the season. Golden State is averaging a solid 111.7 points, ranking them 14th in the NBA. Their defense has been an issue, allowing an average of 121.2 points, pegging them down at 28th overall.

Lakers Rebound with Road Win Against Suns

The Los Angeles Lakers enter this one in first place in the Pacific division. They bounced back from Sunday’s loss to the Raptors by recording a 123-115 road win against the Suns on Tuesday night to cover the spread. LeBron James hasn’t been quite as productive as of late, scoring a combined 32 points in his last two games, but he has racked up 26 assists in that span. King James has surpassed 30 points in two of six games this month, and he is averaging 24 points along with eight rebounds and a team-leading 11 assists per game. James scored 17 points in his lone game against the Warriors last season.

Lakers’ scoring leader Anthony Davis continues to excel, compiling at least a 50% clip from the field in five out of his last six games which included 24 points and 12 boards on Tuesday night. The seven-year veteran is a big reason the Lakers are 8-2 on the season, averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds per game. Davis will not play in this one. Kyle Kuzma is coming off a season-high 23 point effort.

L.A.features a 4-1 home record. They haven't been scoring a ton of points, averaging 109.9 points on the season, ranking them 16th in the NBA. The Lakers are playing excellent defense, holding opponents to an average of 101.6 points, good for third overall.

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I like the Lakers in this one. The Warriors continue to play without Steph Curry and Klay won’t play this season. Golden State has only won two of their 11 games on the season as a result. The Warriors have also dropped four consecutive games, and their defense is a huge issue, squandering an average of 122.5 points in their four-game skid.

Furthermore, the Lakers are playing outstanding basketball at the Staples Center. Their lone home loss occurred against the defending champion Raptors, and they covered the spread in all four home wins. LeBron James is expected to play in this second game in as many nights after defeating the Suns 123-115 on Tuesday night.

Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers

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I expect a high-scoring game. The Lakers should be able to exploit a struggling Warriors defense. Opponents are shooting 48.8% from the field against Golden State this season, and I expect another solid performance from Anthony Davis, plus Kyle Kuzma is also starting to heat up. The over is 24-8 in the Lakers’ last 33 games against a team with a losing record.

In addition, the Warriors offense hasn’t been an issue in their awful start. They are averaging 114.8 points in their last four games, and I expect a productive performance from D’Angelo Russell against his former team. Also, consider the over is 4-0 in the Warriors’ last four road games.

Prediction: Over

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The under on the Warriors team total offered on PointsBet is worth a look. The Warriors are only shooting 43.8% from the field which places them down at 24th in the NBA. The Lakers are thriving on their defensive play and they are limiting opponents to 42.3% shooting on the season, good for fifth in the NBA. The Lakers are especially strong at home where they have allowed 101 or fewer points in four of their five home games.

Prediction: Warriors Team Total Under

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I am going with the under on the halftime total. The Warriors stand down at 19th in the NBA with an average of 53.5 points in the opening half. The Lakers' first-half defense has been very good especially at home where they are holding opponents to 48.8 points. Moreover, the Lakers are more productive in the second half where they are posting 55.4 points compared to 52.9  in the first half.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.