Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/21/13
Los Angeles Lakers (12-13) at Golden State Warriors (14-13)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -11.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking for a major upset when they pay a visit to the Golden State Warriors tonight.
With the terrible run of luck the Lakers have been going through, you would forgive them if they just threw in the towel every now and then, but they are actually coming off an impressive 104-91 win over the Timberwolves despite playing without a recognised point guard. Pau Gasol played a major facilitator role, finishing with 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, while Xavier Henry added 21 points, but it was actually Nick Young who led the team off the bench with 25 points. On defense, the Lakers couldn't do too much to slow down Kevin Love, but the rest of the Wolves were held to just 31 percent from the field which is impressive.
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On Thursday, David Lee led the Warriors with 32 points and 13 rebounds, while Stephen Curry racked up 30 points and 15 assists including a game-tying three pointer, but all the hard work was undone when the Spurs' Tiago Splitter tipped in a game-winning shot with 2.1 seconds left in the game. The Warriors won't get many better chances to beat the Spurs who were without their top three players, but they committed 24 turnovers which led to 31 points for the Spurs which was the difference in the game. Golden State have now lost four of their last six to drop to 14-13 on the season and 8-4 at home.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games following a win of more than 10 points, while the Warriors are 16-7-2 ATS in their last 25 games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Lakers are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Golden State, but the favorite is 5-2 in the last seven overall.
The Lakers have been fighting above their weight for the most part this season and they're going to need more of the same if they're going to upset the Warriors in their own building tonight. LA really shouldn't win this game and I'm sure they won't, but the bookies are just laying a couple points too many, I think.