NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Spurs

PJ Laferla

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 2:26 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 2:26 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to get off the schneid tonight and try to snap a four-game losing streak, but to do so, they will have to beat the San Antonio Spurs.

The have been one of the most consitent NBA picks on their home floor this season.

Spurs Look To Stay Hot Against Woeful Lakers

The struggling and fading Los Angeles Lakers (15-19 SU, 5-11 ATS away) will be in the state of Texas once again tonight, but this time they must go up against the San Antonio Spurs (27-10 SU, 10-5-1 ATS home) who have been sensational all season long – especially on their home floor.

Tip off is scheduled for 8:05 PM EST from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas and can be seen live on television, with national broadcast coverage provided by ESPN.

The current line on the game has the home team Spurs listed as hefty -13 ½ point favorites, while the over/under total has been set to 214 points.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are banged up and injured and in the midst of a four-game losing streak’ and to make matters worse, they are playing in the second leg of a back-to-back tonight against one of the elite teams in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs. Things probably won’t be getting any better for Kobe and company in this contest or, as it would seem anytime soon.

Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill will all be sideline tonight, which means the struggling Lakers will have to get the job done shorthanded against the Spurs if they won’t to snap their current skid.

Besides the obvious reasons, the Lakers will have a tall task to cover the against the spread number as well.

They are 3-7 ATS in their last ten against the Southwest Division, 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games played on the road and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs, who have won eight of their last ten games straight up remain one of the best teams in the Western Conference and NBA for that matter.

They feature a team that boasts the 3rd best offense in the NBA, as they are good for an average of 104.9 points per game. Meanwhile, their defense is among the top ten in the association. Their 96.6 points against is ranked 9th best.

San Antonio is 39-15-3 ATS in their last 57 games played at home and 11-3-1 in their last 15 versus teams in the Pacific Division.

Additionally, they are 5-1 ATS in their last six contests played on a Wednesday, but only 2-5 against the spread in their last seven versus Eastern Conference opponents.

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The Pick

No matter how good one side looks and how bad the other is, the fact of the matter is there is a reason why these games are being played and not just decided on paper.

Right now the Lakers are bad, but I feel they can keep this game close enough to fall inside the generous odds of +13 ½ point spread.

NBA Basketball Free Picks: Lakers +13 ½ at Bookmaker

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