L.A. Lakers at Golden State Warriors
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:30 PM (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State -10.5 -- Over/Under 236 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors duke it out at the Oracle Arena on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers were in a bit of a rut with four losses in five games before LeBron James returned to the lineup to lead the Lakers to a 123-120 overtime win over the Clippers on Thursday. LeBron James led the team with 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, Lance Stephenson provided the spark off the bench with five 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, Brandon Ingram scored 19 points while Rajon Rondo racked up 14 points with 13 rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Lakers shot 45 percent from the field and 11 of 26 from the 3-point line as they blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead only to come good in the overtime period where they outscored the Clippers by 11-8. With the much-needed win, LA improved to 27-25 overall and 11-13 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors were riding a season-high 11-game win streak before getting stopped the 76ers in a 113-104 home loss on Thursday. Stephen Curry drained 10 3-pointers on his way to 41 points with six assists, Kevin Durant added 25 points while Kevon Looney chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Warriors shot 46 percent from the field and 11 of 38 from the 3-point line as they started hot to lead by as many as 11 points late in the second quarter before the 76ers took over the game in the third quarter where they poured in 42 points. The Warriors just didn’t look like the same team defensively without Klay Thompson who sat out the game with an illness.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last six Saturday games, 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600. The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Golden State and the Lakers are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Golden State.
The Lakers have certainly cooled off a bit lately, but they were able to get LeBron James back on the court and will likely have Kyle Kuzma back in action on Saturday. The Warriors have been the hottest team in the league, but they looked vulnerable without Klay Thompson who is listed as a game-time decision after sitting Thursday with an illness. The Warriors beat the Lakers by 130-111 just a couple of weeks ago and I think they bounce back from their rare loss on Thursday with a statement win at home.