Last Updated May 30, 2022, 3:55 PM

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will conclude on Thursday night with a compelling Western Conference matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. Coverage begins from Chase Center at 10:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

Score Prediction

Warriors 118, Lakers 109

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Over 221.5 (-110) at DraftKings

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Predictions

After finishing ninth in the West with a record of 39-33 SU last year, Golden State bounced back with a triumphant start to this season, as the Warriors opened with an impressive 18-3 SU and 15-5-1 ATS run – with 14 of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.

The Warriors are far less dominant without the combined presence of Steph Curry and Draymond Green though, considering Golden State enters Thursday riding a relatively pedestrian 32-25 SU and 24-30-3 ATS stretch – with 19 of those SU losses coming in the absence of Curry or Green.

On the other hand, the Lakers stumbled out to a surprisingly mediocre start to the season, as Los Angeles kicked things off with a lackluster 10-11 SU and 7-14 ATS stretch – which was initially chalked up to growing pains associated with the offseason acquisition of Russell Westbrook.

However, the Lakers have maintained a similarly deficient pace since that point, considering Los Angeles enters Thursday riding a painful 21-37 SU and 25-33 ATS skid – while scoring just 111.7 OPPG and surrendering 115 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll back Golden State here, as the Lakers are 3-12 SU and 6-9 ATS in their last 15 games, while scoring 115.7 OPPG and allowing 123.5 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for another unfavorable road matchup against a Warriors squad that’s surrendering just 110.7 DPPG across their latest 4-3 ATS stretch.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific
  • Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • Venue: Chase Center
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • TV-Time: TNT - 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 31-48
  • ATS: 33-45-1
  • O/U: 44-34-1

Regardless of the situation, finishing below .500 and missing the playoffs is an undeniable shortcoming for this year’s Lakers squad, but to be fair, they encountered several health hurdles, so it’s tough to fault them completely, considering LeBron James missed 22 games over the course of the season – while Anthony Davis missed 38 contests, who just recently returned to action this past Friday.

The Lakers showed brief glimpses of lofty potential throughout the year, however, injuries ultimately doomed them from the start, considering L. A. currently ranks 23rd in the league in offensive efficiency (1.068 OE) and 22nd in defensive efficiency on the year (1.099 DE) – which typically doesn’t lead to playoff contention.

Golden State Warriors Betting Analysis

  • SU: 50-29
  • ATS: 39-36-4
  • O/U: 33-44-2

After last year’s lackluster 39-33 SU showing, the Warriors returned seeking imminent revenge to start the new season, as Golden State kicked things off with SU victories in 18 of their first 20 games – with their only two losses across that window coming by slim margins of four points or less.

However, Golden State’s success has primarily come through defense since mid-December, considering the Warriors enter Thursday riding a relatively pedestrian 32-25 SU stretch, while scoring just 111.2 OPPG and allowing 107.6 DPPG during that span. The Warriors’ mantra has slightly altered since the return of Klay Thompson though, highlighted by Golden State averaging 114.4 OPPG across their last 30 games.

The Warriors are 3-7 SU in their last ten games. (AP)

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Head-to-Head

The Lakers won two of three regular-season matchups against Golden State last year, with both Lakers’ victories staying under the total at an average of 216.5 PPG, while the Warriors’ lone win cruised over with a score of 115-113 (O226). However, Golden State 2-1 SU against L. A. this season, with all three matchups soaring over the total at an average of 235.7 PPG.

Key Players to Watch

  • LAL: Russell Westbrook - PG (18.5 PPG, 7.4 REB, 7.1 AST)
  • LAL: Anthony Davis - PF (23.2 PPG, 9.9 REB, 2.3 BLK)
  • GSW: Klay Thompson - SG (19.3 PPG, 3.9 REB, 2.7 AST)
  • GSW: Draymond Green - PF (7.4 PPG, 7.4 REB, 7 AST)

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Conclusion

After extending their losing streak to seven games with a double-digit road loss to Phoenix on Tuesday night (L, 121-110), the Lakers hit the road again for Thursday’s contest as relatively narrow underdogs against the Warriors at Chase Center – marking the 12th time Los Angeles has been an underdog across their last 14 games.

I’ll back Golden State here, as the Warriors are 3-4 SU and 4-3 ATS in their last seven games, while tallying 108.7 OPPG and surrendering 110.7 DPPG during that span – likely presenting an uphill battle for a Lakers squad that’s surrendered 120+ PTS in 11 of their last 15 contests (123.5 DPPG).

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Trends

  • The Lakers are 2-4 ATS in their last six games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five Warriors' games.
  • The Lakers are 0-7 SU in their last seven games.
  • The Warriors are 3-7 SU in their last ten games.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the last ten Lakers' games.
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