At practically every sportsbook out there, the Warriors are favored by 12 points. Golden State finished 42-39-1 ATS last season, with the Lakers at 34-46-2 ATS in 2012/13.
We can see a total in the 205.5 to 206 range has been posted in the NBA odds. Both teams were OVER teams last year, with the OVER going 47-34 in Golden State's games and 42-39 in matchups featuring L.A.
Los Angeles Lakers
What a great season debut for Mike D'Antoni's Lakers. Not many saw that coming.
L.A. stayed competitive throughout three quarters and then blew away the Clippers in the fourth, out-scoring them 41-27 to finish as 116-103 winners. Coming in, NBA oddsmakers had the Lakers as 9.5-point underdogs.
D'Antoni went 11 deep with his rotation and it worked. Pau Gasol paced the Lakers early with 15 points and 13 rebounds in only 24 minutes, but it was the bench that really provided the spark.
Xavier Henry had 22 points (8-of-13 FG) and six rebounds, while Jordan Farmar had 16 points, six assists, and four boards. Jodie Meeks, Chris Kaman, and Jordan Hill all scored in double figures off the bench as well.
It's evident the Lakers have become more comfortable with D'Antoni's fast-paced system. They played at a high tempo throughout and ended up shooting 29 threes in the victory – we should expect more of the same tonight.
Golden State Warriors
It's definitely an exciting time to be a Warriors fan. They made some huge strides last season and have re-entered the conversation as one of the teams to watch in the Western Conference.
Some are expecting even better results this coming season. Why? Golden State was able to bring in the versatile Andre Iguodala, who immediately slots in as the starting small forward. He'll be a fine addition to an already talented squad. The Warriors also brought in Marreese Speights, Toney Douglas, and Jermaine O'Neal to provide backup minutes.
In terms of injuries, Harrison Barnes is expected to miss at least the first two games of the season because of foot inflammation, while Festus Ezezli is still recovering from off season knee surgery and isn't due back until late December at the earliest.
But the Warriors should survive just fine. They have one of the most exciting young backcourts with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and David Lee and Andrew Bogut (if he stays healthy) are hardly slouches either.
With another offseason under Mark Jackson's watch, it'll be interesting to see if Golden State can make yet another leap this coming year.
Everything went right for the Lakers last night. They pushed the tempo and they got contributions from a number of different places.
While that was encouraging to see if you're an L.A. fan, it's hard to imagine them shooting 48.3 percent from three once again. Either way, the Warriors have the shooters to match and are going to want to put on a show to open their season.
Still, this is too many points to lay after that encouraging display from L.A. last night. They didn't give heavy minutes to any of their starters and that means they'll be fresh for this game against Golden State.
So, with our NBA picks, we are going to gravitate towards a play on the OVER. We saw what the Lakers plan to do this season, and that kind of pace will actually be welcomed by the Warriors. Both teams ranked in the top five in PACE last season, so we're forecasting another high-scoring game out west.
NBA Pick: OVER 205.5