San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 1/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+8.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (6-2) play the San Antonio Spurs (3-4) at STAPLES Center on Thursday. San Antonio opens this game as 8.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 225.5.
The San Antonio Spurs took the court against the Los Angeles Clippers and notched a win by a score of 116-113 in their last contest. San Antonio wrapped up the contest having earned a 45.8% FG percentage (44 of 96) and converted 20 of their 40 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Spurs made 8 of their 11 attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 44 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 23 dimes in the game in addition to having 9 steals and 3 rejections. In reference to defending, San Antonio let their opponent shoot 50.0% from the field on 43 out of 86 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 29 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. On top of that, the Clippers totaled 45 rebounds (7 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 7 rejections. Los Angeles ended up going 92.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of their 13 attempts. They knocked down 15 of their 35 tries from distance.
Patty Mills is a player who came through in the matchup. He notched 27 points on 8 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28:41 minutes played and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Mills finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and also dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Spurs was Dejounte Murray. He had 5 boards and accumulated 5 assists. He finished shooting 50.0% from the floor in this game by going 9-of-18 (21 points). When this game wrapped up, Murray played for 36:42 minutes.
San Antonio steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 3-4 for the season. The Spurs are hitting 39.6% on shots from distance (84 of 212) and 76.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 111.4 pts per game (13th in the league) while going 45.2% from the floor. They turn it over 12.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.3 fouls per game. As a unit, San Antonio is pulling down 45.9 rebounds per contest and has totaled 184 dimes so far this season, which is 11th in the league in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Spurs have forced 13.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.6 fouls. The Spurs are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 47.9% (94 of 137) and they relinquish 50.1 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 22nd in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 184 relinquished for the season. They relinquish 41.4% on shots from distance while they are 21st in the league in opponents points per game (114.9).
The last time they took the court, the Los Angeles Lakers walked away with a victory by a final of 94-92 when they played the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers were able to pull down 43 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 52 in the game. They also stuffed 8 tries while recording 7 steals for the contest. The Grizzlies were called for 14 fouls in the matchup which got the Lakers to the free throw line for a total of 11 tries. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 81.8%. In reference to three-point attempts, Los Angeles converted 9 of their 31 tries (29.0%). Overall, the Lakers shot 38 for 87 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.7%. The Lakers permitted the Grizzlies to bury 36 of 87 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.4% in this contest. They went 38.5% from 3-point land by shooting 10 of 26 and finished the game at 10 out of 13 from the charity stripe (76.9%). With respect to rebounding, Los Angeles permitted Memphis to pull down 38 in all (5 on the offensive glass).
Anthony Davis ended up being a factor for the Lakers in this matchup. He knocked down 10 out of 20 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which got him 26 points. Davis collected 10 rebounds in his 34:25 mins of playing time and tallied 4 dimes in the game. One more player who came through for Los Angeles was LeBron James. He totaled 26 points in his 34:05 mins on the hardwood via 11 out of 20 from the floor for this game. James ended the game having shot 55.0% from the floor in addition to earning 7 assists and 11 boards.
Los Angeles has a win-loss mark of 6-2 on the season. Los Angeles has accounted for 913 points so far this year (114.1 per contest) and they pull in 48.9 boards per game. The Lakers commit 18.6 personal fouls every game and they hit 77.1% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Lakers are hitting on 48.9% from the field, which ranks them 4th in basketball. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 25.9 times per game (8th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 15.6 times per contest. The Lakers on defense are ranked 3rd in the league in points allowed per game with 104.1. They have forced 12.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.7% from the field (5th in basketball). The Los Angeles defense gives up 33.7% on shots from 3-point land (91 of 270) and opponents are knocking down 75.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 23.5 dimes and 41.5 boards per contest, which is 13th and 5th in basketball.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-8.5) and over 225.5 points
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