NBA Picks: Lakers +8 vs. Spurs

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:07 PM GMT

The San Antonio Spurs don’t have much to play for Wednesday night, which provides value for the lowly Los Angeles Lakers to cash a ticket as a road underdog. Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting odds for this Western Conference matchup.

Closing things out on a high note
Los Angeles will miss the playoffs for just the third time since the 1976-77 season, as it attempts to win back-to-back games for the first time since March 23-25. 

The Lakers will likely be playing their final game of the Mike D’Antoni era, as the head coach has compiled a disappointing 66-87 record during his time in Southern California.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 18-17 SU and 13-20-2 ATS in April, with the OVER going 18-17 in that situation.


All wrapped up
San Antonio has already locked up the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming 2014 NBA playoffs, while it sits just a win away from matching its single-season record for victories in a regular season. 

The Spurs may elect to rest all of their key players in this affair, including leading scorer Tony Parker, who has shot 57.8 percent in his last eight games versus the Lakers.

NBA handicappers will find that the squad is 29-6 SU and 23-12 ATS during the second half of the season, with the OVER going 19-16 in those 35 opportunities.

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Series history
The Lakers have shot just 37.9 percent in dropping the first three games of the 2013-14 regular-season series, while the Spurs have knocked down 47.4 percent of their attempts from the field.

Los Angeles will try to avoid its first season sweep in this series since 2004-05, but it has compiled a disappointing 29-47 all-time record when playing in the Lone Star State.


Final game
The Spurs are going to be difficult to back when looking over the pro basketball odds page, considering they haven’t covered their final regular season games since the 2007-08 campaign. 

In San Antonio’s 104-98 loss to Houston on Monday, head coach Gregg Popovich elected to have just one of his players on the floor for more than 30 minutes—clearly demonstrating that he’s looking ahead to the postseason.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Lakers as one of their NBA picks, as they’ve gone 12-7 ATS when revenging a home loss this season. 

Los Angeles will be seeking payback fro a 125-109 defeat to San Antonio as 13-point underdogs at the Staples Center on March 19.

Pick: Los Angeles Lakers