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Warriors vs. Lakers Predictions, Odds, Preview

Feb. 28, 2021
by Jonathan Willis
NBA Expert

The Los Angeles Lakers are ready to take some time off during All-Star Game Weekend. Los Angeles has lost four of its last five games as this team has really lost its way without Anthony Davis in the lineup.

The Lakers are currently third in the Western Conference standings, and they are hoping to not drop behind the red-hot Phoenix Suns before the break. They will take on the Suns this Tuesday, but they will try to get past the surging Golden State Warriors prior to that showdown.

Warriors vs. Lakers Betting Resources

Betting Odds - Warriors vs. Lakers

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  • Spread: Lakers -4
  • Money-Line: L.A. -175, Golden State +155
  • Total: 223.5

The Warriors head to Los Angeles on Sunday night seeking their fourth consecutive victory. (AP)

Warriors vs. Lakers Current Form-Last Game

Golden State is on a roll. The Warriors have won three in a row and seven of their last ten to climb to 19-15. They haven’t played a Western Conference opponent since beating the Spurs 114-91 in San Antonio back on February 9 though.

Three-point shooting has been the key to Golden State’s recent run. The Warriors rank fifth in three-point attempts, and that has helped them score at least 110 points in nine of their last ten games. Stephen Curry is leading the way as always, but others are getting in on the action too.

The Warriors took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter and cruised to a 130-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. Charlotte knocked down 41.5 percent of its threes, but Golden State shot the lights out from the floor. Golden State made over 60 percent of its shots and went 11 of 24 from beyond the arc.

Curry and Kelly Oubre Jr. combined for 56 points as both players posted plus/minuses over +20. That shooting was enough to overcome some iffy ball handling as the Warriors had 23 turnovers.

Los Angeles has not looked good without Davis in the lineup. Davis is one of the game’s best power forwards, but he has only played two games over the past three weeks and is set to miss another few weeks due to injuries to his calf and Achilles tendon. That has led to the Lakers dropping four of their last five as this offense is having a hard time finding its footing.

Davis was injured in the Lakers’ 122-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets two weeks ago. Los Angeles is averaging just 103.4 PPG over its last seven games without him, and that average is buoyed by the Lakers win over lowly Minnesota and their overtime loss to Washington last Monday night.

The Lakers were able to put a stop to their losing streak on Friday night. Dennis Schroder returned to the lineup after a 10-day absence due to COVID protocols, and he provided a spark in LA’s 102-93 win over Portland. This team really struggled from downtown though, going just 7-27 from distance.

Warriors vs. Lakers Head-to-Head

  • Jan. 18, 2021 - Warriors 115 at Lakers 113, Golden State +8.5, Over 226
  • Feb. 27, 2020 - Lakers 116 at Warriors 86, L.A. -10.5, Under 220
  • Feb. 8, 2020 - Lakers 125 at Warriors 120, Golden State +14, Over 224.5

(SU-Straight Up, ATS - Against the Spread, OU - Over-Under)

Golden State Warriors

Inside the Stats (2020-2021)

  • Overall: 19-15 SU, 18-16 ATS, 15-19 OU
  • Road: 7-9 SU, 7-9 ATS, 7-9 OU

Curry is looking like his usual self. He hasn’t shown any signs of being significantly hampered by last year’s injury, averaging 29.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 6.3 APG this season for the Warriors.

Curry is shooting the lights out from beyond the arc, knocking down 41.5 percent of his threes, and he is on pace to surpass Ray Allen as the league leader in career three-pointers sometime next season.

It’s been an interesting season for Draymond Green. Green is no longer productive as a shooter, averaging just 5.7 PPG, and it appears that he has lost confidence in his touch. He is making just 38.4 percent of his field goals and 22.8 percent of his threes, yet he continues to play 30.0 MPG as he does everything else for Golden State. Green is averaging 6.1 RPG and 8.7 APG, and he is one of the most feared defenders in the NBA.

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