San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 1/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (12-31) at San Antonio Spurs (27-17)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -13.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
TV: TWSN, FSSW
The San Antonio Spurs look to rebound from a beatdown by the Bulls as they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers are just going through the motions in a forgettable season that has them sitting at 12-31 with a 6-16 mark away from home. The Lakers have lost six straight games, with their last win coming against a young Magic team on January 9th. Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff, which should keep him out of this contest. Kobe did play through the injury in the latest game against the Pelicans, effectively playing one-handed with his left arm though. With or without Bryant, the Lakers will struggle to score in this one against a Spurs team looking to atone from a terrible game last night. The Lakers won’t be able to do much on the defensive end as the unit ranks 29th in the league allowing 106.5 points per game. Nick Young, Jordan Hill and Wesley Johnson will need to instead lead the charge on offense which isn’t overly promising.
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The San Antonio Spurs were stomped 104-81 against the Bulls last night after shooting just 37% on the night. The Spurs will look to rebound and improve on their 27-17 record and 15-6 mark at home. In a back-to-back setting, you never know exactly what head coach Greg Popovich is likely to do in terms of resting starters, but honestly the Spurs bench can match up against LA’s first or second unit. Tim Duncan seems like the most likely candidate for rest, but the big man actually played just 23 minutes last night given the lopsided score. No one on the team actually logged 30 minutes last night, so we may see the full arsenal of Tony Parker, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard leading the charge here. The Spurs defense ranks 9th while allowing 97.8 points per game which should be impactful against a series of disjointed rotations for the visitors.
The Lakers give up points in bunches and the Spurs are hungry to make up for a poor offensive showing. Despite the Lakers struggles offensively I’m taking the over here.