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Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs - 4/4/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Antonio Spurs (45-33) at Los Angeles Lakers (33-44)
Date & Time Wednesday April 4, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +6 -- Over/Under: 208
TV Channel
ESPN, FSSW, TWC SN
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NBA | San Antonio Spurs (45-33) at Los Angeles Lakers (33-44)
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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 need a victory here after splitting their last six games. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 102.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 99.2 points on 45 percent shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 23.1 points and 8.4 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 10.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. Rudy Gay is the third double-digit scorer and Patty Mills is dishing 2.8 assists. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Spurs have lost six straight road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers look to play spoiler after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 108.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 109.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 16 points and 6.3 rebounds while Julius Randle is averaging 16.3 points and eight rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing four rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last eight home games.

The Spurs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games. The over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings...

I'm not sure it matters if Ball plays or not, the San Antonio Spurs are downright awful on the road this season and blowing a massive lead last night to the Clippers was another example. The Spurs don't have much firepower outside of Aldridge, and the defense has issues as well. The Lakers have been one of the better home teams in the second half and have the tempo and young legs to run these Spurs. I'll take the free buckets as more of a fade from the road team.

Pick:
Los Angeles Lakers +6

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