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Lakers vs. Nets - 2/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets (21-31) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-40)

NBA Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +2 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, TWC SN

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers play Friday night at the STAPLES Center.

The Brooklyn Nets have split their last six games and remain in the playoff hunt in the East. On the season, the Nets are averaging 95.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Joe Johnson is averaging 15.5 points and 3.7 assists while Brook Lopez is averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. Deron Williams is dishing 6.1 assists and Jarrett Jack is shooting 45.1 percent from the field. The Brooklyn Nets weren’t able to make any key moves before the trade deadline, so they’re going to ride with what they’ve got. The Nets are shooting just 32.9 percent from deep in their last five games and have scored 92 or less points in three of their last four games.

Lakers vs. Nets - 2/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Lakers look to snap a six-game losing streak. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 99.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting and are allowing 106.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Nick Young is averaging 13.5 points and one assist while Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.5 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Hill is grabbing eight rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.6 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting just 40.6 percent from the field in their last five games, but a lot of that had to do with players not being healthy. Thanks to the break, Hill and Young are expected to be 100 percent healthy. Still, the Lakers are a sinking franchise right now that can’t wait for this season to end.

The Nets are 26-10 ATS in their last 36 vs. NBA Pacific and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. The Nets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

The Nets are not only the talented and better team, but they're playing for something still with a playoff spot within reach. I'll take the Nets here and lay the bucket. 

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Brooklyn Nets -2

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