Lakers vs Nets predictions 1/23/20 NBA Picks & Betting Tips
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -6.5
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (34-9, 1st in the Pacific Division) go to Barclays Center on Thursday where they'll take on the Brooklyn Nets (18-24, 4th in the Atlantic Division). Brooklyn opens this contest as 6.5 point dogs. The total opens at 228.
The Lakers cover the spread 54.8% of the time, having gone 23-19-1 ATS. Brooklyn is covering 42.9% of the time, going 18-24-0 against the spread.
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
10/19/19 C DeMarcus Cousins Knee is out for season
01/22/20 PF Anthony Davis Tailbone is probable Wednesday vs New York
01/22/20 PG Rajon Rondo Finger is probable Wednesday vs New York
Key Brooklyn Nets Injuries
10/19/19 SF Kevin Durant Achilles is out indefinitely
01/21/20 PG Kyrie Irving Hamstring is questionable Thursday vs LA Lakers
01/21/20 C DeAndre Jordan Finger is questionable Thursday vs LA Lakers
LeBron James comes into this game averaging 25.2 points per contest while playing 34.8 minutes per night this year. He grabs 7.6 rebounds per contest and distributes 11.0 assists per game. His FG percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is 70%. Kyle Kuzma averages 13.2 points per contest in 24.8 minutes per game. He averages 1.1 assists per game and 3.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 74%.
Kyrie Irving scores 26.5 points per contest while playing 32.7 minutes per game. He hauls in 5.3 rebounds per contest and has 6.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 92%. Spencer Dinwiddie averages 21.8 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 31.0 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.2 rebounds per game and has 6.4 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles averages 114.0 points per contest, which is 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 7.6 and their shooting percentage is 49% as a unit, which has them ranked 1st. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 45.6 boards per contest and 26.0 assists per game, which ranks them 15th and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 16th with 14.9 per game. The Lakers allow 106.4 points per contest, which is 7th in the NBA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 5th and 5th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.3 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd, and they allow 22.8 assists per game which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 15.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 24th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Brooklyn is 19th in the NBA with 109.3 points per contest this season. They are 24th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -2.33. They shoot 33% from beyond the arc, which is good for 28th in the league. They are 2nd in the NBA in rebounding with 48.5 boards per contest and 17th in assists per game with 23.6. The Nets are 3rd in turnovers per contest with 16.0. The Nets give up 111.6 points per game, which ranks them 18th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 3rd and 14th in those defensive statistics. They rank 3rd with 21.8 dimes allowed per game and 25th with 46.8 boards surrendered per contest. The Nets are 6th in the league in forcing turnovers with 13.3 per contest this year.
The Lakers are 4th in the league in defensive rating with 105.6, and their offensive rating of 113.1 is ranked 3rd. They are 13th in the NBA in pace with 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 4th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 25th in the NBA. Los Angeles is 15th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 27th in the NBA.
Brooklyn is 5th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 28th in the league. The Nets are 26th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.7, and their defensive rating of 107.9 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 10th in the league with 102.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 23rd. As a team they are 24th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 6th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Lakers/Nets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Brooklyn +6.5
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