Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:54 AM
Spurs at Lakers Preview
By Kevin Rogers
Straight Up (SU), Against the Spread (ATS)
Betting Odds Breakdown
Los Angeles opened as a 12-point home favorite with a total of 228.5.
The Spurs (22-27) have played better since a rough start to the season, while finally covering games after a 6-18-1 ATS beginning to the campaign. San Antonio has cashed in 16 of the last 24 games, including four consecutive covers, capped off by a 108-105 setback to the Clippers on Monday as nine-point underdogs. San Antonio is still on the outside looking in for the Western Conference playoffs as their 22-season streak of qualifying for the postseason is in jeopardy by sitting 2.5 games out of the eighth position entering tonight's play.
The Lakers (37-11) still own the top record in the Western Conference in spite of a rough week which included a 17-point loss at Philadelphia, followed by the untimely death of franchise legend Kobe Bryant on January 26. Los Angeles had a few extra days off after its game against the rival Clippers was postponed, but the Lakers lost in their first game back on the court against Portland last Friday as 13-point favorites. Los Angeles welcomes in another Southwest division foe on Thursday when the Rockets invade Staples Center in a battle of division leaders.
San Antonio started its annual "Rodeo Road Trip" with a 108-105 defeat at Staples Center last night. The Spurs owned a nine-point halftime lead, but were outscored, 31-19 in the third quarter to suffer the loss in spite of a combined 53 points from DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. The "Rodeo Road Trip" kicks the Spurs out of the AT&T Center for several weeks every February as they continue an eight-game road swing tonight which continues through February 23, a week after the All-Star break.
The Lakers went through the rough week of dealing with Bryant's death and then losing to a streaking Blazers' team on Friday. However, the Lakers rebounded on Saturday night with a 129-113 blowout of the Kings as seven-point road favorites, highlighted by a 44-point first quarter. Seven Lakers scored in double-figures, led by Anthony Davis' 21 points and a triple-double from LeBron James. Since dropping four straight games in late December, the Lakers have won 13 of their last 17 contests.
The first two meetings this season took place in San Antonio as the Lakers captured both matchups. On November 3, the Lakers (-1.5) held off the Spurs, 103-96, as L.A. limited DeRozan and Aldridge to 7-of-24 shooting from the floor for 22 points. Los Angeles (-4) pulled away from San Antonio on November 25 in a 114-104 triumph as James torched the Spurs for 33 points, while dishing out 14 assists. Both games finished 'under' the total of 217.5 and 222.5, as tonight's total is nearly six points higher than the last meeting at 228.5.
Inside the Stats (Home/Away)
Points Per Game:
San Antonio 113.6 (113.5)
L.A. Lakers 114.0 (113.6)
San Antonio 113.8 (115.2)
L.A. Lakers 106.9 (104.4)
-- San Antonio 8-15 SU, 13-9-1 ATS
-- L.A. Lakers 16-6 SU, 11-10-1 ATS
Situational (Days Rest)
The Spurs are playing with no rest for the sixth time this season as San Antonio owns a 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS mark on the second end of a back-to-back. All six games have come on the road, but none have been against teams owning winning records.
The Lakers have excelled on two days of rest by compiling a 9-2 SU and 7-4 ATS ledger this season. However, Los Angeles has failed to cover as a home favorite in the last three situations when they played with two days of rest.
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Betcha Didn’t Know
The Lakers have posted a 2-6-1 ATS record in its last nine instances as a double-digit favorite since December 15, but have won seven times with the only losses coming to Orlando (January 15) and Portland (January 31). <!--
NBA Expert Picks – Tony Mejia
Indiana opens the second of its season-long three five-game road trips in Denver and must be ready to face a challenging back-to-back since it will play in Salt Lake City on Martin Luther King Day. I believe his is going to be the Pacers’ best chance to grab a win given that they haven’t prevailed on the second night of a back-to-back in each of their last four tries. At first glance, this spread is awfully surprising given the venue and it’s clear that the books don’t expect the Nuggets to overcome the absence of point guard Jamal Murray, shooting guard Gary Harris and forward Paul Millsap. Best Bet: Indiana-->
VI Prediction Tool
The VegasInsider.com Prediction resource gives an edge to either team in eight specific categories listed above and there are instances where both clubs receive a positive edge (). Depending on how you weigh the below factors could provide more reason to fade or follow those teams in your wagers.
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Total Talk (Over-Under)
San Antonio: 29-20 (Away, 14-9 Over)
L.A. Lakers: 24-24 (Home, 12-10 Under)
The Lakers are on a 9-2 run to the 'over,' including three consecutive 'overs' cashed at Staples Center.
The last time the Spurs hit three straight 'unders' came back in November as San Antonio is fresh off 'unders' against the Hornets and Clippers.