Are the Los Angeles Lakers back?
Lakers head coach Darvin Ham altered his starting lineup once again, but this time it has led to two straight wins, putting the Lakers back at .500 on the season.
D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, LeBron James and Anthony Davis appears to be the group that the team will use for the foreseeable future, and it’s easily one of the best offensive groups Los Angeles has.
The team will look to ride that group to a win at home against a Brooklyn Nets team that is just 3-14 in its last 17 games on Friday.
Brooklyn is down a few rotation players (Ben Simmons, Day’Ron Sharpe) in this game, but the team has fallen apart over the last month since getting off to a 13-10 start.
Can the Lakers, who are 15-7 at Crypto.com Arena this season, win and cover the spread tonight?
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Let’s dive into the odds and my best bet for this game:
Nets vs. Lakers odds, spread and total
Nets vs. Lakers how to watch
- Date: Friday, Jan. 19
- Time: 10:30 p.m. EST
- Venue: Crypto.com Arena
- How to watch (TV): YES Network, Spectrum SportsNet
- Nets record: 16-24
- Lakers record: 21-21
Nets vs. Lakers injury reports
Nets injury report
- Mikal Bridges – probable
- Noah Clowney – out
- Keon Johnson – out
- Day’Ron Sharpe – out
- Ben Simmons – out
- Dariq Whitehead – out
- Jalen Wilson – out
Lakers injury report
- Anthony Davis – probable
- LeBron James – questionable
- Gabe Vincent – out
- Cam Reddish – out
Nets vs. Lakers key players to watch
Mikal Bridges: The Nets are struggling, but Mikal Bridges is still playing well, scoring at least 21 points in four straight games – including a 42-point game against Portland back on Jan. 7. This season, Bridges is averaging 21.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field.
Los Angeles Lakers
D’Angelo Russell: The Lakers are starting to turn things around, and the re-insertion of Russell into the starting lineup is a big reason why. The former No. 2 overall pick has scored 39, 14 and 29 points in the last three games (all starts) with the Lakers going 2-1 over that stretch. The Lakers guard is shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from 3 over his last six games.
Anthony Davis: The Nets are down their backup center in Day’Ron Sharpe, so this could be a big game for Anthony Davis working against Nic Claxton and the rest of the bigs for the Nets. AD is averaging 25.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per game and he’s put up 27 and 28 points in his last two games.
Nets vs. Lakers prediction and pick
The Lakers may be winning a lot at home this season, but the team hasn’t covered the spread at a high rate as a home favorite – going 7-9 ATS in those games.
Luckily, the Nets have struggled as road underdogs, going 6-8 against the spread this season. Over Brooklyn’s last 17 games, the team is just 2-15 ATS!
The Nets are a must fade right now, as they rank 26th in the league in net rating over the last 15 games. The only teams worse than Brooklyn in that stretch? Charlotte, Portland, Washington and Detroit. Yikes.
With Ham finally steadying his rotation with an offensive-focused lineup, I think the Lakers have the firepower to beat this struggling Brooklyn team at home.
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