Los Angeles Lakers (5-11) vs. San Antonio Spurs (6-13)
The NBA betting action is back on Black Friday and brings a ton of interesting matchups including the Western Conference showdown from AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, where the Los Angeles Lakers take on the San Antonio Spurs for the second time this season.
Last Sunday, the Lakers trounced the Spurs 123-92 as 6-point home favorites with a total of 228.5 points. Los Angeles opens as a 4-point road fave this time around, so let’s take a closer look.
The Lakers search for their first road win in 2022-23The Los Angeles Lakers (5-11; 5-11 ATS) put an end to their three-game winning streak last Tuesday, suffering a 115-105 defeat at the Phoenix Suns. Now, the Lakers are 0-6 SU and ATS on the road in 2022-23, as they failed to cover a 9.5-point spread at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
It was another awful shooting night for the Lakers. They went just 4-for-22 from beyond the arc, while the Suns made 16 of their 34 3-point attempts. Anthony Davis led the way for Purple-and-Gold with 37 points. 21 rebounds, five steals, and five blocks. Lonnie Walker IV had 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting from the field, and Russell Westbrook added 21 points and five assists off the bench.
The ONLY player in NBA history to record at least 35 points, 20 rebounds, 5 steals, and 5 blocks in a game. pic.twitter.com/bWO3Wrxqb7— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 23, 2022
Anthony Davis has been unstoppable of late, posting 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds in four straight games. Last Sunday, Davis dropped 30 points on the Spurs to go with 18 rebounds and three steals, while the Lakers’ second unit accounted for 53 points and six triples.
LeBron James (24.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 6.9 APG) has missed the last five games due to a groin injury. According to Chris Haynes of TNT, James plans to return for Friday’s clash against the Spurs.
The Spurs are slumping big timeThe San Antonio Spurs (6-13; 9-10 ATS) extended their losing streak to six games last Wednesday, suffering a 129-110 defeat as 5.5-point home underdogs to the New Orleans Pelicans. San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich returned to the bench after missing Sunday’s game against the Lakers due to an illness, but his team failed to cope with Zion Williamson, who scored 18 of his 32 points in the first six and a half minutes of the first quarter.
“Well, obviously we didn’t figure it out,” Gregg Popovich said of defending Williamson. “But there is a reason why he got picked where he got picked. He’s pretty good.”
The Spurs went just 10-for-34 from downtown and 18-for-28 from the charity stripe against the Pelicans, who outscored San Antonio 62-46 in the paint. Devin Vassell led the charge for the Spurs, notching 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field, while Doug McDermott added 21 points off the bench.
San Antonio has only won one of its previous 13 games overall. The Spurs haven’t covered in four straight outings, surrendering a whopping 125.3 points per game in the process. San Antonio cannot count on Zach Collins (leg), while Josh Richardson (ankle) is listed as doubtful to play against Los Angeles.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
After a horrible start to the season, the Lakers have improved over the last couple of weeks despite missing LeBron James. On the other side, the Spurs have been a complete disaster of late, so I won’t overthink this game at all.
Anthony Davis dominated the Spurs last Sunday, and the eight-time All-Star is poised for another strong display. The Lakers will eventually have to win on the road. The clash against the slumping Spurs seems a perfect opportunity, so I’m laying the points with Los Angeles. San Antonio is 0-10 SU and 3-7 ATS in its last ten meetings with the Western Conference.
Full-Game Total Pick
I’ve mentioned how bad the Spurs’ defense has been over the last four games. Also, San Antonio is dead last in the league in opposing effective field-goal percentage. On the other side, the Lakers have surrendered 114 or more points in eight of their last ten contests overall, so we should see a high-scoring affair at AT&T Center.
Both teams prefer to play at a fast pace. The Lakers rank second in the NBA in possessions per 48 minutes (102.4), while the Spurs are sixth (101.4). The total has gone over in four of their previous six encounters.