January 12 NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers At San Antonio Spurs

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, January 12, 2017 6:24 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 6:24 PM UTC

The Spurs get the Lakers in San Antonio on Thursday, and that spells bad news for the Lakers' defense. Against Top-10 pace teams who also have bottom-tier defenses, the Spurs are averaging nearly 120 points this season.


Lakers Vs. Spurs

The Spurs are usually known for their defense, but so far this season it has been offense that’s been the most impressive attribute. The Spurs are averaging nearly 113 points per 100 possessions.

The Lakers’ defense is far from good, but the good thing about this game is they may force the tempo, making the Spurs play faster and. hopefully for us, scoring more points.

But that hasn’t been a problem for the Spurs lately. They have scored at least 110 points in seven of their last nine games, and against bad defensive teams who play at fast paces it has been even better.

The Lakers have played the Lakers, Suns, Nets and Nuggets -- four teams who play Top 10 paces and also allow more than 110 points per 100 possessions. In those five games, the Spurs are averaging nearly 120 points per game.

Plus, since the Spurs are at home, things should improve even more. I’m not sure what BetOnline is thinking, but the Spurs are about to drop at least 115 points or more on the Lakers.

NBA Free Pick: Spurs 'Over' 113Best Line Offered: BetOnline
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