San Antonio Spurs (1-1) vs Los Angeles Lakers (0-2)Date : 10/22/2018
Time : 10:30 PM ET
Location : Staples Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers will welcome the Spurs and hoping that they can pick up their first win of the season they are coming off losses against Portland and Houston while the new look Spurs are 1-1 on the year. Game tips off at 10:30 PM ET.
San Antonio Spurs's Latest Performance :
The Spurs are coming off a blowout loss against the Blazers, the Blazers guards were too much for the Spurs as they had no answer for Lillard and CJ, they still need quality perimeter defenders. Mills and Forbes aren’t going to get the job done when they are playing against elite teams in the west. Despite the loss, DeMar DeRozan continues to strive under his new team by scoring 28 points and went perfect from the line. That was his back-to-back 28 points outing he will look to duplicate his performance at Staples Center facing his nemesis LeBron James. The problem besides their point guard situation is when Demar goes to the bench the Spurs offense becomes stagnant because there is no real playmaker on the floor like they had before. Rudy Gay has to find his shooting stroke because the Spurs can’t afford to rely on Demar all the time. He is one of the better scorers in the league who is coming back from an Achilles injury. Playing against the Lakers the Spurs will have to do all they can to stop LeBron because they are sure that with Rondo out he will be handling the ball majority of the time and looking to score every chance he gets.
Player to watch: DeMar DeRozan, he will have to take it personally because he is going up against LeBron for the first time since he swept the Raptors last season I expect DeRozan to give it all he got to prevent LeBron from winning his first game in a Lakers uniform.
Los Angeles Lakers's Latest Performance :
The new look Lakers are still seeking for their first win of the season after losing to the Rockets in their last game. The Lakers kept the game close until the 4th quarter that was when James Harden took over the game late. All the attention came towards the end of the game when the incident broke out between Paul and Rondo. Rondo has been suspended three games for his role in Saturday’s fight. Lonzo Ball will be inserted into the starting line up. In his first home game, LeBron did not disappoint he had 24 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block. He is going to get an even bigger role over the next few games so we will be seeing him directing the Lakers offense alongside Ball. I expect LeBron to go on a tear in these next few games. LeBron would love to win his first game as a Laker against DeRozan.
Player to watch: Lonzo Ball, it will be the first time this season that Ball will be playing alongside James in a starting role. He is expected to play 30 minutes with Rondo being suspended. Lakers fans get excited because this might be the start of something great.
How San Antonio Spurs & Los Angeles Lakers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Lakers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Spurs are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss.
Against The Spread Selection: Los Angeles Lakers
My reason for the pick :
The Lakers will finally win their first game of the season and it will be at home against the Spurs. This can’t be scripted: LeBron wins his first game as a Lakers and Demar is on the losing team. With Rondo and Ingram suspended I expect LeBron to play a similar style of basketball when he was with the Cavs. Ball will play well alongside LeBron as these two players will develop a great partnership that could last years. For the Spurs, it will be hard for them to win this game if Demar is their only scorer on the team once he is out of the game the Spurs bench doesn’t have much to offer although it is still early into the season the Spurs will have to do a lot of adjustments.
The Lakers to pick up their first win of the season against the Spurs.
Betting trends for San Antonio Spurs:
- Spurs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Lakers:
- Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest.