Los Angeles Lakers (19-31) at Brooklyn Nets (19-33)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets duke it out at the Barclays Center on Friday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers have won eight of their past 12 games but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting blown out by the Magic in a 127-105 road loss on Wednesday. Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson each scored 20 points, Brandon Ingram scored 13 points with five assists while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Lakers shot 47 percent from the field and a miserable four of 20 from the three-point line as they fell to pieces against the Magic who drained a franchise-record nine three-pointers in the third period to take a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter. With the loss, Los Angeles dropped to 19-31 overall and 7-17 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have lost seven of their past 10 games but they will be feeling pretty good after snapping a four-game skid with an impressive 116-108 win over the 76ers on Wednesday. Spencer Dinwiddie led the team with 27 points and four assists, D’Angelo Russell added 22 points off the bench, Jarrett Allen finished with a double-double of 16 points with 12 rebounds while DeMarre Carroll chipped in with 15 points and five assists. As a team, the Nets shot 50 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the three-point line as they outlasted the 76ers in what was a free-flowing game highlighted by 29 points from Joel Embiid. Dinwiddie provided the steady offense throughout all four quarters but the spark was definitely Russell who played only 17 minutes off the bench. With the win, Brooklyn improved to 19-33 overall and 11-15 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Nets are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games following a win, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the road team is 18-7-4 ATS in the last 29 meetings, the Lakers are 3-1-2 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 9-2-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Brooklyn.
You really don’t know what you’re getting from the Nets on a nightly basis because they had lost four straight games by double-digits before putting it all together in a nice win over the 76ers on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Lakers were playing some of their best basketball but have really cooled off over their past two games, their latest being a 22-point loss to the Magic. It’s hard to split these two teams at the moment, but I’m sticking with the Nets at home to make it two wins in a row despite the betting trends being in favor of the Lakers in this one.