Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 12/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 12/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs (11-13) at Los Angeles Lakers (14-9)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -8 -- Over/Under: 222 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The San Antonio Spurs could use a nice road win here after losing six of their last nine games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 109.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 112.3 points on 48.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.3 points and six assists while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is dishing 2.3 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have lost eight of their last 10 road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for a statement victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.7 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 44.6 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.8 points and 6.7 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won seven of their last eight home games.

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The Spurs are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest. The underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 15-5-1 in Lakers last 21 overall. The over is 7-0-1 in Spurs last 8 overall.

The San Antonio Spurs simply aren't playing good basketball right now, especially on the road, which includes getting blasted last night against the Utah Jazz. The Spurs have a lack of scoring depth and aren't getting many stops on the defensive end. The Los Angeles Lakers are finding ways to win games, but they're only outscoring teams by 1.4 points in their last five games and find themselves in many close games. With that said, backing the Spurs right now isn't an option. It's Lakers or pass for me.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers -8

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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