Nets vs Lakers Prediction and Betting Pick
This Nets vs Lakers prediction could be a potential preview of an NBA finals matchup. Things could be a little different on Thursday as both teams could be missing a star player due to injury. Kevin Durant has sat out a few games because of a hamstring, and Anthony Davis could be out with a sore Achilles. Both teams are second in their conference.
The Nets are two games from the end of their long road trip. Meanwhile, the Lakers are just returning home.
Winning Streak on the Road
The Big 3 in Brooklyn average 80.7 PPG entering Thursday. The team averages 121.7 PPG this season which is the best in the league. On defense, the team gives up around 117.9 PPG which is good for 28th in the league only ahead of the Washington Wizards and the Sacramento Kings. Even without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the team was able to win.
In the last 5 games, the Nets are 4-1 (3-0 in this road stretch). The team is much better at home; however, this recent away stretch has brought their away record to.500. The Nets may be without Kevin Durant but they seem to be projected favorites for this game.
It will difficult for the Lakers to replace Anthony Davis’s production in both the offensive and defensive end.
DeAndre Jordan should be able to get some second-chance points as the team ranks 10th in the league in points in the paint (47.8).
Are the Lakers Better on the Road
The Los Angeles Lakers could be without Anthony Davis. LeBron James has played every game this season and is averaging 25.5 PPG, 8.2 REB, and 7.9 AST. On the other hand, Anthony Davis’s production will be missed. He is averaging 22.5 PPG, a team-high 8.4 REB, and 3.0 AST.
The team is averaging 112.9 PPG this 2nd which is 14thin the league. On defense, the team gives up around 105.8 PPG which is good for 2nd in the league only behind the New York Knicks. The Lakers are also 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Kevin Durant- Out (Hamstring)
Spencer Dinwiddie- Out for the season (ACL).
Kevin Durant is averaging 29.0 PPG, 7.3 REB, and 5.3 AST. His absence will have a considerable effect when matching up against LeBron James.
Anthony Davis- Out (Achillies)
The Brooklyn Nets will likely still have James Harden and Kyrie Irving leading the squad against the Lakers. Montrezl Harrell or Kyle Kuzma can fill the void. Still, not having Anthony Davis will hurt them especially in the 3 point defense category because the Nets are 2nd (40.7%) in shooting behind the arc.
Nets vs Lakers Prediction; Betting Odds and Trends
Nets +2.5 (-110) Moneyline (+120) Over/Under N/A at this time
Lakers -2.5 (-110) Moneyline (-142) Over/Under N/A at this time
- Brooklyn is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- LA Lakers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Brooklyn is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- LA Lakers is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone OVER in 21 of the Brooklyn Nets’s last 24 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of the LA Lakers’s last 6 games
The Lakers are much better away than being home when it comes down to betting against the spread (9-7).
The Nets ATS record is 14-16 this season (6-8 on the road).
Nets vs Lakers Prediction:
Nets +2.5 (-110)