The Golden State Warriors haven’t been a reliable NBA pick this year. Neither have the Los Angeles Lakers. Who’s our choice for Wednesday night’s game at Staples?
Being on the West Coast has its advantages. It’s a lot easier to follow the games out here when you don’t have to stay up past midnight to watch. Consider Wednesday’s tilt at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET, NBA-TV) between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. We’ve already had the chance to see both teams lose ATS to the Sacramento Kings, of all people. Then the Lakers just barely honked their Monday nighter against the L.A. Clippers; we hope you were at least able to grab the Purple and Gold at +5 as recommended before they dipped to +4.5 and lost 120-115.
So here we are with the Warriors (15-6 SU, 9-12 ATS) and the Lakers (8-12 SU, 9-11 ATS) colliding for the first time this year. This game has yet to hit the NBA odds board as we go to press; Golden State didn’t play Kevin Durant (ankle) nor Stephen Curry (hand) against Sacramento, and both former MVPs are officially considered questionable for Wednesday despite practicing on Tuesday. That means we can’t recommend a specific NBA pick for you, but we can get you ready for when the lines come out.
Of the two superstars in question, Curry (plus-7.4 BPM) is more likely to suit up against the Lakers – head coach Steve Kerr says he think’s it’ll happen. Curry has been the best player for the Dubs this year with Durant (plus-4.6 BPM) not quite healthy. Speaking of not quite healthy, Draymond Green (plus-3.7 BPM) has a bruised right foot, and Andre Igoudala (plus-1.0 BPM) has a sore left knee. Neither gentleman is playing as well as he did last season.
As for the Lakers, they’re at full health now that Larry Nance Jr. (plus-0.9 BPM) had made his return after sitting out the past month with a broken left hand. Nance was one of the few bright spots in L.A. last year; he played almost 30 minutes against the Clippers and was the team’s best player, according to head coach Luke Walton. This might be a good “buy low” opportunity on the Lakers with Nance aboard, but after the Dubs lost at home to Sacramento, they’re probably going to be a lot more focused against Los Angeles, no matter who plays.