Los Angeles Lakers vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 12/30/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-6.5)
AT&T Center is the venue where and the San Antonio Spurs (2-1) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (2-2) on Wednesday. Los Angeles opens this game as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 229.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced off with the Portland Blazers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 115-107 in their last contest. Los Angeles finished the game having earned a 47.1% field goal percentage (41 of 87) and converted 10 out of their 27 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Lakers converted 15 of 18 shots for a rate of 83.3%. When talking about rebounding, they earned 41 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 20 dimes for the matchup in addition to having 6 steals and 5 rejections. When it comes to defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 46.7% from the field on 43 of 92 shooting. Portland totaled 27 assists and had 9 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Blazers pulled down 45 boards (7 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Portland finished shooting 86.7% at the charity stripe by making 13 of 15 attempts. They made 16 out of their 46 tries from three-point range.
LeBron James is someone who came through for this contest. He had 29 points on 11 out of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35:55 mins and grabbed 9 rebounds. James ended up going 55.0% from the floor and also dished out 6 assists. Someone else that was a factor in this contest for the Lakers was Dennis Schröder. He collected 4 boards and accounted for 4 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field in the game by going 8-of-16 (24 points). Overall, Schröder saw the court for 36:18 min.
Los Angeles heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 2-2 for the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 17.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Los Angeles is collecting 46.3 boards per contest and has 107 assists for the season, which has them ranked 1st in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Lakers are shooting 39.2% on 3-point shots (51 of 130) and 76.9% from the free throw line. They average 120.3 points per outing (5th in the NBA) while hitting 51.6% from the field. On defense, the Lakers have forced 13.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 22.8 personal fouls. The Lakers are giving up a field goal percentage of 44.7% (53 of 91) and they surrender 40.0 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 29th in basketball in allowing assists with 93 conceded on the campaign. They are giving up 32.0% on 3-point attempts and they are 11th in the NBA in opponents points per game (109.3).
When they last played, the San Antonio Spurs went home defeated by a final of 98-95 when they faced the New Orleans Pelicans. The Spurs earned 43 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 47 for the contest. They stuffed 10 shots while earning 5 steals in this contest. The Pelicans were called for 16 fouls in this matchup which got the Spurs to the free throw line for 8 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throws for a rate of 100.0%. In terms of shots from distance, San Antonio converted 11 of 36 attempts (30.6%). In all, the Spurs ended up shooting 38 out of 89 from the floor which had them sitting at 42.7%. The Spurs permitted the Pelicans to bury 36 out of their 94 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.3% for the matchup. They went 20.8% from distance by shooting 5 out of 24 and finished the game at 21 of 29 at the free throw line (72.4%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, San Antonio permitted New Orleans to collect 56 overall (13 on the offensive side).
Rudy Gay ended up being a factor for the Spurs in this contest. He buried 9 out of 20 for this contest for a field goal rate of 45.0%, which earned him 22 points. Gay snagged 6 rebounds in his 28:07 mins of time on the hardwood and earned 2 dimes for this game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for San Antonio was Lonnie Walker. He scored 16 points in 34:08 minutes on the court via 6 of 14 from the floor in this game. Walker walked away from this one going 42.9% from the floor as well as totaling 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
San Antonio has a win-loss record of 2-1 on the year. San Antonio has accounted for 345 pts so far this season (115.0 per game) and they collect 49.3 rebounds per game. The Spurs commit 20.3 fouls every game and they shoot 83.0% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Spurs are shooting 46.8% from the field, which is ranked 12th in the league. They are getting an assist 30.0 times per game (3rd in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 14.0 times per game. The Spurs on the defensive side of the court are 12th in basketball in points allowed per game with 110.3. The San Antonio defense gives up 32.6% on 3-pointers (30 of 92) and opponents are converting on 69.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 24.7 dimes and 48.0 rebounds every game, which ranks 14th and 21st in basketball. They are forcing 10.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 45.3% from the floor (13th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-6.5)
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