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Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/16/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Lakers (18-11) at Washington Wizards (11-18)
Date & Time Sunday December 16, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Washington Wizards -1 -- Over/Under: 232
TV Channel
SPEC, NSWA
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards meet Sunday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 28.4 points and seven assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last eight road games.

The Washington Wizards could use a big victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Washington Wizards are averaging 112.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 117.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 20.8 points and 8.2 assists. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have won four of their last five home games.

The Lakers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lakers are 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Washington. The under is 16-5 in Lakers last 21 overall. The over is 4-1 in Wizards last 5 overall.

I'm not sure how the hell the Washington Wizards are favored in this game, a team that's being outscored by nearly five points on the season and over four points in their last five games. The Wizards don't play a lick of defense and often look like they want to be anywhere but playing basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the end of a back to back, but they're improving defensively and the confidence is growing. We're simply getting the better team as a slight underdog. I'll take it. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Lakers +1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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