Ta-Ta Land: Lakers An Easy Fade Versus Nets

Friday, March 22, 2019 1:55 AM UTC

Friday, Mar. 22, 2019 1:55 AM UTC

The Los Angeles Lakers have beaten the NBA odds once in 10 games this month. No reason to expect much different for Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

<p style="text-align:right"><em>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record through Mar. 20: 20-18-1 ATS, 0-4 ML (minus-9.35 units), 30-14 Totals</em></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Brooklyn (37-36 SU, 39-34 ATS) at L.A. Lakers (31-40 SU, 27-42-2 ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Friday, 10:30 p.m. ET</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/brooklyn-nets-vs-los-angeles-lakers-3569012/odds/" target="_blank">Nets ATS</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4429&amp;book=Heritage" target="_blank">Heritage</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569012, "sportsbooksIds":[169,238,19,1096,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>It’s not all over for the Los Angeles Lakers just yet. They are still mathematically alive in the Western Conference playoff hunt. If the Lakers can win each of their remaining 11 games, and one of the teams currently at 42 wins puts up a goose egg the rest of the way, L.A. can still make the postseason – if they have the tiebreaker once the dust has settled.<br /><br />So we’re sayin’ there’s a chance. But in reality, the Lakers have already mailed in the rest of this season, going 1-9 SU and ATS in the month of March. And while the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank">NBA odds</a> for Friday’s game against the visiting Brooklyn Nets have yet to be released at press time, we feel pretty good about Brooklyn’s chances in this matchup.</p><h2>LeGroin</h2><p>The hold-up with the odds probably has to do with LeBron James (plus-8.0 BPM). He’s been having trouble with his groin again and was held out of Tuesday’s 115-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks (–11 at home), but head coach Luke Walton seemed confident in LeBron’s chances of playing after he went through an abbreviated version of Thursday’s practice.<br /><br />Two other Lakers are listed as questionable for Friday: Josh Hart (minus-0.9 BPM) has been limited by knee issues, and Lance Stephenson (minus-2.1 BPM) might ride the pine for the rest of the year with a sprained toe. There’s little to no bench strength in L.A. right now, so as long as guys like Mike Muscala (minus-4.4 BPM) and Moritz Wagner (also minus-4.4 BPM) are getting minutes, their chances of covering will remain on the low side.</p><h2>U Will Know</h2><p>The Nets, on the other hand, have been a solid <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank">NBA pick</a> this year. They’re a young and healthy team on the rise, still holding on to some of their betting value as they toil away quietly on the fringes of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Brooklyn holds the No. 7 spot at press time, 2.5 games ahead of ninth-place Orlando.<br /><br />[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;De'Angelo Russell is a good young basketball player with a bright future for the &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lakers?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Lakers&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/MagicJohnsonTweets?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#MagicJohnsonTweets&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Matthew Zimmerman (@Zimmsy) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Zimmsy/status/708158192606261248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 11, 2016&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]<br /><br />Recent form suggests they’ll make it in. The Nets are 5-3 SU and 4-4 ATS over their past eight games, and when they showed up at Staples Center last Saturday, they almost beat the Los Angeles Clippers before losing 119-116 as 5.5-point puppies. Nothing like using your opponent’s home court for a rehearsal. And you just know that D’Angelo Russell (plus-2.9 BPM) is looking forward to playing his former team again. When they met in Brooklyn on December 18, Russell dropped 22 points and 13 assists on the Lakers (–1.5 away) in a 115-110 victory. More of that, please.</p>
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