NBA Primetime Preview – Lakers v Spurs

LeBron and the Lakers will be looking to add to their 24-5 record against conference opponents on Wednesday as they host the Spurs at Staples.

San Antonio has lost twice already to Los Angeles this year, but the Spurs seem intent on clawing their way to the eighth seed ahead of the All-Star break.  

Every game from here on out is important for the Spurs, while the Lakers are simply trying to regain some of their momentum after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday’s primetime NBA showdown.

Head to Head

LeBron and the Lakers will be looking to extend their impressive 24-5 record against conference opponents even further on Wednesday as they host the Spurs at Staples.

Nobody can even come close to imagining what Frank Vogel’s side has gone through over the last two weeks, but as they now try and turn their attention back to basketball, the Lakers will be keen to regain a sense of normalcy and composure with the All-Star break looming large.

The Lakers have enjoyed two days off in preparation for this game and there was certainly a lot to like about their 14-point win over the Kings on Sunday. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles is laying -12 here against a side they’ve seen plenty of success against.

San Antonio, meanwhile, prepares for the Lakers on no rest after a date with the Clippers on Tuesday. The Spurs are 3-2 straight-up in this situation and 4-1 against the spread, making Gregg Popovich’s side an intriguing betting play to at least keep this game close.

The Lakers were sporting a similar double-digit line in Kobe’s memorial game against the Blazers on Saturday and they failed to cover, let alone win the game.

San Antonio has been a frustrating play at times, but they have shown some value going 9-7 against the spread as the away underdog. With the Lakers understandably distracted and the Spurs reportedly “obsessed” with making the eighth seed, take the visitors here.

Tip: Back the Spurs to Cover the Line (+13.5 Points) @ $1.90

Total

Five of the last 10-games between these two sides have gone Over and Under respectively, so the trends aren’t much help here.

Instead, the stats suggest playing solely on the Spurs might be the best option. San Antonio has averaged 113.5 points away from home this year, which leaves the 108.5 total looking a little thin.

You might also be surprised to learn that the Lakers rank 11th in points allowed across their last 10 games. With no Spurs players on the injury report, take the Over.

Tip: Spurs Over 108.5 Total Points @ $1.92

Player Performance

Anthony Davis to Have 10+ Rebounds @ $1.82: Davis is no stranger when it comes to the Spurs. In his eight years in the league, the Lakers big man has squared up against San Antonio 26 times and averaged 11.0 rebounds in the process.

After a tough start to the New Year nursing back and shoulder injuries, Davis is almost back to his old self. He posted only four boards against the Kings on Sunday but considering the Spurs have allowed the 10th most rebounds to opposing centres this year, it makes sense to play on the Over.

Dejounte Murray to Have 6+ Rebounds @ $1.92: the Lakers, like the Spurs, have also had their troubles when it comes to defending the paint.

Los Angeles has allowed the fifth-most rebounds to opposing centres this year, an area Popovich is sure to try and exploit with third-year point guard Dejounte Murray.

Murray has averaged 5.8 rebounds per game this year, but he’s been absolute money against the Lakers. In two games so far, Murray has posted a combined 19 boards.

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