Golden State Warriors (1-2) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-3)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 10, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5
The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers meet Wednesday in NBA preseason action at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Golden State Warriors look for a bounce back performance after a shaky 1-2 start to the preseason. The Warriors are averaging 113.7 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 108.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Klay Thompson is averaging 23.5 points and four rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 22 points and four assists. Kevin Durant is the third double-digit scorer and Quinn Cook is dishing 2.7 assists. The Warriors have been solid offensively, even though it’s only three players averaging double-digit points, it’s the defense that’s been lacking for the defending champs in exhibition play. You can tell the Warriors are just having fun out there and don’t really care about these games. As long as the Warriors make it out healthy, they’ll be just fine once the games actually count. The Golden State Warriors have split their last six preseason games.
The Los Angeles Lakers could use a confidence boosting preseason victory after a 1-3 record. The Lakers are averaging 108.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 115.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 15.3 points and five rebounds while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 13.5 points and 1.8 assists. LeBron James is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Hart is grabbing four rebounds. The Lakers are dead last in rebounds per game and opponents points allowed per game. Take it how you want to in meaningless preseason action, but you’d like to see a young team such as the Lakers develop good habits, and getting stops and cleaning up the class has a lot to do with effort. Performing well against the best team in the world could do wonders for this Lakers team. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost seven of their last 10 preseason games.
The under is 6-0-1 in Warriors last 7 games following a straight up loss. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Warriors are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
Two teams loaded with talent and neither side has given a care in the world about defense at this point. The game is being played in Vegas on national TV. With the regular season around the corner, I'm sure both teams simply want to put on a show and won't be killing themselves defensively. So, instead of picking a side, which is always tricky in preseason, I'm taking the over. Yes, the number is a bit steep, but it seems like oddsmakers are thinking the same way I am in this spot.