Lakers vs. Nets: NBA Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:02 PM GMT

The Brooklyn Nets will try to snap a long losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, as the two teams will meet for the first time ever at the Barclays Center. Which team would NBA betting enthusiast be smart to side with tonight?


Let’s take a closer look at the NBA odds for this non-conference matchup between two of the more talented rosters in the league.

Playing better

Los Angeles has won five of its last six games, including a 98-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons as three-point road favorites on Super Bowl Sunday, while going UNDER the posted total of 201.5. The Lakers have compiled an even 3-3 against-the-spread (ATS) record in that span, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks Tuesday

Alternate universe 

Brooklyn has alternated wins and losses over its last four contests, as it comes off a 93-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls as five-point home favorites last Friday, while going OVER the total for the first time in three affairs. The Nets have won 12 of their 16 games since the calendar turned to 2013, but are just 9-16 ATS in the month of February the last two-plus seasons.

Series history

The NBA odds have been slow to come out, but the Lakers might be the tempting choice considering they’ve won the last nine meetings in this series, which includes five consecutive victories when playing in the Eastern Time Zone. It’s important to note that Los Angeles has failed to cover the spread in its last four games overall versus tonight’s foe.

Split record at home versus non-conference foes 

The Nets have definitely played their best basketball inside the Barclays Center this year, as they enter this contest with an 18-8 overall record at home, but have split their eight games versus Western Conference opponents. Brooklyn has managed to compile a dominating 20-7 ATS mark versus teams out of the Pacific Division.

Falling off offensively

Kobe Bryant is averaging just 16.5 points in his last four games, which has dropped his scoring average to 27.7 on the season—the third-best mark in the NBA entering Tuesday night’s action. The Lakers star has averaged just 22.6 points in 25 career games (21 starts) versus the Nets, which happens to be his second-lowest average versus any team in the league.

[gameodds]5/217220/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports picks, as the OVER is 10-4 in the Nets last 14 games playing on three or more days rest, while the Lakers have climbed above the number in seven of their last eight road games versus a home team with a .600 or higher winning percentage.

NBA Pick: Over

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