Series Trends Point to Taking Wiz Over Drying Lakers

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Kevin Stott

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:19 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017 2:19 PM GMT

The Wizards are 5-1 ATS the L6 meetings in this series played at Staples Center and with the change in the front office Monday and the Lakers often looking like a team tanking, backing the hosts and laying the points seems wise here. Let’s handicap this inter-conference game.

Washington Wizards vs L.A. Lakers

The Washington Wizards (45-28 SU, 38-34-1 ATS) head to the Staples Center on Tuesday to face the Los Angeles Lakers (21-52 SU, 31-40-2 ATS) in an interconference matchup. Sportsbooks listing the Wizards 9-point favorites with a total of 226½.

 

Washington Wizards

John Wall and the Wizards (16-17-1 ATS Road) sit in third place in the East with a game lead over 4th-place Toronto, so expect Washington to be focused on the opening jump ball. Although the 10:30 p.m. EDT start means an after-Midnight ending for the Wizards (109.2 PF-106.8 PA), the need for a win and to keep the momentum going (W3) will trump any Laker runs.

The Wizards are 5-0 ATS L6 playing on 2 Days Rest, 12-5-1 ATS L18 following an ATS win but a dismal 3-12-1 ATS L16 Road games against Teams with Losing Home Records. The Over is 11-3 L14 Washington games, 16-5 L21 vs. Road Teams with Losing Home Records and 6-0 L6 vs. the West.

 

Los Angeles Lakers

Jordan Clarkson and the Lakers have L7-8 heading in with Los Angeles (41-31 Overs) playing 8 Overs in L10 games with Sunday’s 97-81 loss in Portland the first time in 10 games that both sides in a Lakers game didn’t score 100. Expect both to top that century mark here with a fast start and a rested Wizards side playing good hoops. And with Washington allowing 106.8 ppg n the Road, the hosts will get their buckets but the visitors may hit the 130-point mark if everything bounces right.

The Lakers are 5-12-1 ATS L18 on 1 Day Rest, 4-12-1 ATS L17 overall and 0-3-1 ATS L4 Tuesdays. The Over is 7-1 L8 Lakers games after an SU Loss, 19-8 L27 vs.  Southeast and a powerful 10-4 L14 in this series in La La Land.

 

Series Trends Say Wizards, Over

Despite Los Angeles (104.6 PF-112.1 PA) being 7-3-1 ATS L11 vs. East, Brandon Ingram (Knee) is Questionable and the Lakers are tied with Phoenix (21-52) for the West’s worst record, meaning a Loss benefits this franchise more than a win. So expect sloppy D, an ABA pace and Los Angeles (13-23 Home) to watch the electric Wall (23.0 ppg, 10.8 apg), Bradley Beal (23.1 ppg), Otto Porter Jr. (13.8 ppg), Markieff Morris (14.0 ppg), Bojan Bogdanovic (15.8 ppg), Marcin Gortat (10.8 rpg) and Washington to seemingly score at will. The Wiz and Over are equally enticing NBA picks.
 

Predicted Final Score: Wizards 130 Lakers 109Free NBA Picks: Wizards -9 & Over 226.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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