Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors NBA Picks & Predictions 12/22/2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
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The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Oracle Arena to play the Golden State Warriors on Friday, December 22, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Golden State as 7 point favorites.
The Lakers come into this game with an overall record of 11-18. They are 3rd in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -2.7 as they are averaging 107.1 points per game while giving up 109.8 per contest. The Warriors have an overall mark of 25-6. They currently are 1st in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 116.2 points per contest and giving up 105.3, which is a point differential of 10.9.
Valuable Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 15-14-0 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 15-14-0 against the over/under
Important Golden State Warriors Betting Trends
The Golden State Warriors are 15-16-0 against the spread
The Golden State Warriors are 15-16-0 against the over/under
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
12/20/17 G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Legal problems is probable Friday vs Golden
12/19/17 C Brook Lopez Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Golden State Warriors Injuries
12/21/17 F Draymond Green Shoulder is "?" Friday vs LA Lakers
12/20/17 G Andre Iguodala Flu is "?" Friday vs LA Lakers
12/20/17 PG Shaun Livingston Knee is "?" Friday vs LA Lakers
12/20/17 C Zaza Pachulia Shoulder is "?" Friday vs LA Lakers
12/05/17 PG Stephen Curry Ankle is out indefinitely
Jordan Clarkson averages 14.1 points per game in 22.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3 assists per contest and 2.8 rebounds per game for Los Angeles. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 77%. Kyle Kuzma comes into this contest averaging 17.4 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Lakers. He pulls down 6.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is currently at 77%.
Kevin Durant averages 26.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.2 rebounds per contest and 5.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is 88%. Klay Thompson averages 21 points per game while playing 34 minutes per contest this year for the Warriors. He grabs 4.3 rebounds per game and has 2.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage currently is at 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Lakers allow 109.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 11th and 2nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.2 rebounds a game which ranks 28th, and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 15th place in the league. They force 16 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the league. Los Angeles averages 107.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 10th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -2.66 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 15th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 30th in the league. They average 46.5 rebounds per game and 23.3 assists per game, which ranks them 3rd and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 2nd with 16.7 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Warriors surrender 105.3 points per contest, which ranks them 15th in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 43% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 8th in those defensive statistics. They rank 18th with 23 assists allowed per contest, and 7th with 41.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Warriors are 17th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.1 per game this season. Golden State is 1st in the league with 116.2 points per game this year. They are 1st in the league in shooting at 51%, while their average scoring margin is 10.9. They shoot 40% from 3-point range, which is good for 1st in the NBA. They are 5th in the league in rebounding with 45.2 boards per game and 1st in assists per contest with 30.5. The Warriors are 4th in turnovers per game with 16.2.
The Lakers are 28th in the league in defensive rating with 105.8, and their offensive rating of 103.2 is ranked 21st. They are 1st in the NBA in pace with 102.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 23rd. As a unit they are 25th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shot attempts, ranking 22nd in the NBA. Los Angeles is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 22nd in the NBA.
Golden State is 4th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 30th in the NBA. The Warriors are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 104.2, and their offensive rating of 115 is ranked 26th. They are 5th in the NBA in pace with 100.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 58% is 1st. As a unit they are 1st in the league in true shooting percentage with 61% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 10th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Lakers/Warriors NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles +7
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