Friday Quick Pick: Another Shootout Between Lakers & Nets

Jordan Sharp

Friday, February 2, 2018 3:28 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 3:28 PM UTC

Lakers-Nets isn’t necessarily a game you are carving out time of your Friday night to watch, but it could have a ton of NBA odds value.

Lakers at NetsFree NBA Pick: Over 217Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Brooklyn's D’Angelo Russell still seems to be on a minutes limit, but he went crazy Wednesday, dropping 22 points in just 17 minutes of action. While the Nets will continue to be careful with Russell’s minutes tonight, he looks like he is getting back to form after missing two months of action. At one point, Nets and national NBA announcer Ian Eagle exclaimed, “Russell is back.” That’s a big boost to this Nets offense, and even though they’ll still be without Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, they should get back Caris LeVert for this one.

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On the flip side, the Lakers’ defense is slowly degenerating after a hot start to the season. They have given up an average of 125 points per game over their last two, and on the road this season they have allowed 113.1 points per game. While the Lakers’ defense isn’t going to be strained by the firepower of the Nets, the one thing they do have is depth and pace.

Even with injuries, the Nets can go 10 or 11 guys deep on their bench, as can the Lakers. This should help the defense some, but at the pace this game could be played if both teams are hitting shots there is little chance they are going to be able to stop one another. Brooklyn has allowed 111 points per game over the last five and is giving up 107.8 ppg at home this season. Considering the first time these teams played back in November the final score was 124-112, I think we could see a lower but still high enough score to cash the 'over' Friday.

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