Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors - 11/16/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (6-2) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-8)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +7.5 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors invade Staples Center to battle the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.
The Golden State Warriors confirmed their status as one of the hottest teams in the league with a 112-87 rout of the Hornets last night thanks to some hot shooting from the usual suspects. Klay Thompson had four threes on his way to a game-high 21 points, while Stephen Curry added 19 points and nine assists as the Warriors led by 67-46 at halftime before cruising in the second half. Four other players finished in double digits in scoring including 17 points from Harrison Barnes, but the root of the Warriors' success is that they're just moving the ball so well as a team, ranking third in the league with 24.8 assists per game, including 30 assists last night. With the easy win, the Warriors improved to 7-2 on the season and 4-1 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have continued their torturous season with a 93-80 loss against the Spurs on Friday. Carlos Boozer had a nice game of 19 points while Jeremy Lin added 15, but the story of the night was Kobe Bryant's career-worst shooting night of one for 14. It really is hard to pull out any positives from LA's season so far because they're just 1-8 so far and are second-last in the league in points allowed at 109.4 points per game.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, while the Lakers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Head to head, the Warriors are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings but the Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
These two teams last met on Nov 1. and it was the Warriors who won by 127-104. Not much has changed since that game so I'm expecting another ugly loss for the Lakers. I'm all over the Warriors in this one.