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Wizards vs. Lakers - 12/3/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers (5-13) at Washington Wizards (11-5)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Wizards -9 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TWC SN, CSNB

The Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards play Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers are playing better basketball lately and have split their last eight games. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 104.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and are allowing 112 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 26.6 points and 4.6 assists while Jordan Hill is averaging 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Nick Young is shooting 39.5 percent from the field and Carlos Boozer is grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have shown more fight since the return of Young and are playing with far more confidence. While the Lakers have shown they can score, it’s their defense that has to improve if the winning is going to continue. The Lakers did hold the Pistons to 36.7 percent shooting in Tuesday’s victory.

Wizards vs. Lakers - 12/3/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Wizards have won four of their last six games and hope to prove themselves as an East contender. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 98.2 points on 48.6 percent shooting and are allowing 96 points on 43.4 percent shooting. John Wall leads the Wizards with 18.2 points and 9.3 assists while Marcin Gortat is averaging 13.4 points and 8.9 rebounds. Bradley Beal is shooting 43.9 percent from the field and Paul Pierce is shooting 34.5 percent from deep. The Washington Wizards are shooting a lights out 45.1 percent from downtown in their last five games and are 5-2 SU this season when scoring 100-plus points. When healthy, the Wizards are a tough team to beat. Nene Hilario is questionable for this game with a foot injury.

The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Wizards are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Lakers are 10-3-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Washington and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

While I like how the Lakers have improved, the Washington Wizards are just a different animal at both ends of the floor and is catching the Lakers on a back-to-back. Look for Washington to win this game by double digits. 

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Washington Wizards -9

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