Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 3/16/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (17-47) at Golden State Warriors (52-13)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -18 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers meet for the fourth and final time this season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have lost seven of their last eight and will be looking to avoid a third straight overall after falling to the Hawks by 91-86 last night. Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly led the team with 13 points each, but all in all it was a pretty poor performance on offense as the Lakers shot just 40 percent from the field while committing 21 turnovers. The Lakers did show a bit of fight when they went on a 16-2 run late in the game to make things interesting, but in the end, the Lakers were simply outmatched against a Hawks team that were resting two key players in Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap.
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Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have won six of their last seven and bounced back from a loss to the Nuggets in which they rested all their key players with a dominant 125-94 win over the Knicks on Saturday. Stephen Curry led the way with 26 points and 11 assists with six threes while Klay Thompson added 27 points with six threes of his own as the Warriors dominated the Knicks, leading by as many as 40 points before taking their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter. It's fair to say that resting the Warriors players didn't affect their momentum at all as the Warriors improved to 52-13 on the season and 29-2 at home.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400 and 0-6 ATS in their last six games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Golden State.
This seems like so many points to be giving up, but the Warriors have shown that they can cover just about any spread when playing at the Oracle Arena, so I'm actually taking the red-hot Warriors to double up and get a second straight win of more than 20 points.