Los Angeles Lakers (5-5 SU, 6-4 ATS, 5-5 O/U) vs. Washington Wizards (5-5 SU, 4-6 ATS, 5-5 O/U)
NBA: Thursday, November 9, 2017, Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C., 7 pm ET
Line: Washington -9.5; Over/Under: 222
It’s an inter-conference tilt coming to you from the nation’s capital. The up and down Los Angeles Lakers are on the road as they take on the Washington Wizards Thursday night. Los Angeles put its two-game win streak on the line as they traveled to face the red hot Celtics to open a road trip Wednesday night. Washington lost for the fifth time in seven games as they were upended 113-99 by the Mavericks at home Tuesday night. The Lakers have a 118-92 advantage in the all-time regular-season series and won the first matchup this season, 102-99 in overtime at home, on October 25.
Los Angeles Lakers Play Second Game of Back to Back
Los Angeles is playing the second game of a back to back here as they deal with the Wizards one day after facing the Celtics. The Lakers had won two in a row entering Wednesday’s game with Boston to climb back to the .500 mark on the year. Los Angeles was 10th in the Western Conference standings entering Wednesday’s game, 2.5 games behind the Rockets and Warriors for the top spot. The Lakers were 2.5 games behind the Warriors for the top spot in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles was half a game behind the Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the West. The Lakers are 1-2 on the road and have gone 3-1 against the Eastern Conference this season.
The Lakers are 13th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 106.5 points per game. Los Angeles is 9th in rebounding with 46.1 per contest and 12th in assists with 23.1 per game. The Lakers stand 20th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 107.3 points per night. Brook Lopez is manning the middle in his first year with the team, contributing a team-leading 16.4 points plus 4.7 rebounds per contest. Brandon Ingram averages 15.3 points per game while Jordan Clarkson chips in 15.1 points a night. Lonzo Ball adds 8.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game, Larry Nance Jr. averages 10.6 points plus 7.5 boards but is out four to six weeks after surgery for a broken thumb while Kyle Kuzma is good for 15.4 points plus 6.3 rebounds a contest. Julius Randle, Luol Deng, Corey Brewer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are going to be key for coach Luke Walton’s group. The Lakers are 6th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.1 percent as a team. Los Angeles is 30th in the league with 7.4 triples per game while standing 30th in three point shooting at 31.4 percent from downtown.
Washington Wizards Try to Regroup After Latest Loss
Washington has hit the skids as they have lost five of their last seven after starting the season 3-0. The Wizards proved to be no match for the lowly Mavericks, who had just one win coming into the contest. Washington was down 11 at the half after being outscored 28-19 in the second quarter and never recovered. The Wizards shot only 42.7 percent from the field in the contest and knocked down 10 of 25 from three point range in the contest. Washington was battered 52-39 on the glass and turned the ball over 15 times. John Wall (14 assists) and Bradley Beal each had 23 points to lead Washington in the loss.
The Wizards are 3rd in the league in scoring offense with 111.4 points per game. Washington is 17th in the league on the glass with 42.9 boards per game. The Wizards are 7th with 23.3 assists per game. Washington is 24th in the league as they allow 109.6 points per game on the year. John Wall is second on the team with 20.8 points and 10.8 assists per game. Bradley Beal averages a team-high 25.4 points a game while Otto Porter Jr. (17.7 points, 6.7 boards, 2.11 steals) continues to move along his development curve. Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat (11.7 points, 9.3 rebounds) are the other Washington starters and both are capable scoring options in the low block. Kelly Oubre Jr. along with Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott and Tim Frazier will be looked at to contribute off the pine. Washington is tied for 11th in field goal percentage as the team shoots a collective 45.9 percent from the floor. The Wizards are tied for 16th in the league with 10.1 triples a night while ranking 9th in three point shooting. Washington hits 37.7 percent from downtown.
- Lakers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games
The Lakers are a young team and with youth comes inconsistency. Los Angeles has sputtered on the road this season and they are playing the second game of a back to back here. Washington is looking to get back on track after dropping five of seven going into this game. The Wizards are better than what we’ve seen lately as it’s been disappointing to see them slide like this with losses to the Mavericks, Suns and Lakers in that span. Washington is at home here and they should be able to get back on track here against a fatigued Lakers team.
Pick: Washington Wizards -9.5
Los Angeles is playing the second game of a back to back here and they get another chance to prove they can have success on the road. The Lakers played seven of their first 10 games on the road this season and have two more road games on this trip as they head to Milwaukee and Phoenix after this. Washington has dropped five of seven games after starting the year 3-0 as their defense has been mediocre at best. Giving up 113 points to the Mavericks, who have struggled offensively, makes one wonder what is wrong with the Wizards’ defense.
The over is 4-0 in the Lakers’ last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games and 5-2 in the second game of their last seven back to backs. Washington has seen the over go 8-1 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, 4-1 in their last five at home and 7-2 in their last nine against the Pacific Division. Even with the Lakers playing the second game of a back to back, Washington’s good offense and their shaky defense pushes this one over the total.