Spurs vs. Lakers - 12/12/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (6-16) at San Antonio Spurs (16-6)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -12.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, KENS, ESPN
The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs play Friday night at the AT&T Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last six games and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 102.3 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 110.1 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 25.5 points on 4.9 percent shooting while Nick Young is averaging 14.6 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Jordan Hill is grabbing nine rebounds per game and Jeremy Lin is averaging 4.8 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers main concern this season remains on the defensive side of the ball, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 37.6 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games and are 2-14 SU this season when allowing 100 or more points. This three-game road trip will really test the Lakers and could decide their season.
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The San Antonio Spurs have won three of their last four games and are starting to separate themselves. On the season, the Spurs are averaging 101.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 94.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Tony Parker leads the Spurs with 16.6 points and 5.5 assists while Kawhi Leonard is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds. Tim Duncan is grabbing 10.5 rebounds per game and Manu Ginobili is shooting 40.6 percent from the field. The San Antonio Spurs are starting to find their groove offensively, scoring 105.6 points and shooting 41.2 percent from deep in their last five games. The Spurs are 11-0 SU this season when topping 100 points. Leonard is questionable for this game with a hand injury.
The Lakers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Spurs are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 home games. The Lakers are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
We never have any idea who is going to play for the Spurs and how serious they take these games in December. For that reason, I'm taking a shot here with the Lakers and the points.