The Golden State Warriors (23-6) and the Los Angeles Lakers (10-17) face off at Staples Center. The Warriors will attempt to extend their eight-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday, December 18, 2017, and it can be seen on NBATV.
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers ATS Preview
The Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks in their last matchup, 112-97. Kevin Durant was the top scorer from either team with 36 points on 15-for-23 shooting. Golden State’s 0.673 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Dallas, who had a mark of 0.512. The Warriors mark was above their season average of 0.585.
In the Lakers last game, they were beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers, 121-112. Brandon Ingram was Los Angeles leading scorer with 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Cleveland did an excellent job of making free throws (20-25; 80.0 percent). Los Angeles, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.0 (above their season average of 23.1).
The ineffective offense of Los Angeles (28th in the league with an offensive efficiency of 100.9) will square off against the elite defense of Golden State (third in the league with a defensive efficiency of 102.2). The Warriors should have the edge on that end of the court.
Of Golden State’s 29 games, 15 have finished over the projected point total, while 14 of Los Angeles 27 games have finished under the O/U total. The Warriors have the significant advantage straight up (SU) (23-6 vs. 10-17), but both teams are close to the .500 mark against the spread (ATS).
Durant has been excellent over the last five games for Golden State, averaging 28.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.2 blocks per game.
These teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to put up 250 points, well over the projected point total of 228.5. The Warriors won 127-123, but were unable to cover as 13.5-point favorites. The Warriors dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 30.8 and a free throw rate of 0.223. The Lakers had marks of 15.9 and 0.211, respectively, for those same stats. Ingram was the games top overall scorer with 32 points.
Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Warriors, ATS Winner – Warriors, O/U – Under
- The Lakers rank eighth in second chance points per game (14.1) while the Warriors rank 27th (9.7).
- Golden State averages 8.5 steals per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. Los Angeles ranks 22nd in steals allowed per game (8.4).
- Golden State ranks seventh in rebounds allowed per game (41.7) while Los Angeles ranks 26th (45.6).
- Golden State averages 30.5 three pointers per game, which ranks eighth in the league. Los Angeles ranks 19th in three pointers allowed per game (29.5).
- On the road, Golden State is 8-8 ATS with 9 overs and 7 unders.
- Los Angeles is 7-6 ATS at home with 7 overs and 6 unders.
- When allowing under 100 points, Golden State is 8-1 and Los Angeles is 5-2.
- When scoring above 100 points, the Warriors are 22-4 and the Lakers are 10-10.
- The Warriors rank 10th in points off turnovers per game (18.1) while the Lakers rank 28th in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.6).
- Golden State ranks first in blocks per game (8.5) while Los Angeles ranks 27th in blocks allowed per game (5.5).
- The Lakers average 15.5 fast break points per game, which ranks second in the NBA. The Warriors rank 28th in fast break points allowed per game (13.7).
- The Warriors average 30.8 assists per game, which ranks first in the league. The Lakers rank 15th in assists allowed per game (22.6).
- Los Angeles ranks first in points in the paint per game (54.5) while Golden State ranks 22nd in points allowed in the paint per game (45.7).
- Los Angeles is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Golden State is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
- The Lakers average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.4, up from 3.0 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 110.2 points per game (6.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 100.2 points per game (5.5 below their season average).