The Los Angeles Lakers (8-12) will try to slow down the NBA’s top scoring team when they square off against the Golden State Warriors (15-6) at Staples Center. Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and it can be seen on NBATV.
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The Warriors fell to the Sacramento Kings in their last contest, 110-106. Golden State’s Patrick McCaw finished with 16 points and seven assists in the contest. Sacramento did an excellent job of making free throws (17-21; 81.0 percent). Golden State, meanwhile, made 16 of their 37 three pointers (43.2 percent).
In the Lakers last game, they were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers, 120-115. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Los Angeles in scoring with 29 points on 12-for-28 shooting. The Clippers did an excellent job of making free throws (28-30; 93.3 percent). The Lakers, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (13.6 vs. 14.8).
There could be a fair amount of transition offense in this matchup that features a pair of the leagues more up-and-down teams. Los Angeles currently ranks first in possessions per game (105.7) and Golden State is fifth (102.3). Also, the Warriors should have an advantage on defense. They rank second in the NBA with an opponents effective field goal percentage of 0.489, while the Lakers offense ranks 22nd in effective field goal percentage (0.503).
Of Golden State’s 21 games, 12 have finished over the projected point total, while 10 of Los Angeles 20 games have finished over the projected point total. The Warriors have the better straight up (SU) record (15-6 vs. 8-12), but both teams have similar against the spread (ATS) records. Golden State is 9-12 ATS, while Los Angeles is 9-11 ATS.
Brandon Ingram has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Los Angeles, averaging 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. The Warriors won three out of four matchups played against each other last season. In the most recent game, Golden State won 109-94. The Warriors dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.167 and an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 32.6. For those same stats, the Lakers recorded marks of 0.086 and 21.6, respectively.
Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Lakers, ATS Winner – Lakers, O/U – Over
- The Lakers average 54.6 points in the paint per game, which ranks first in the league. The Warriors rank 19th in points allowed in the paint per game (45.0).
- Golden State ranks first in assists per game (30.1) while Los Angeles ranks 13th (22.8).
- Los Angeles averages 8.2 steals per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA. Golden State ranks 27th in steals allowed per game (8.9).
- Los Angeles averages 12.2 second chance points per game, which ranks 14th in the league. Golden State ranks 22nd in second chance points allowed per game (13.6).
- Los Angeles is 6-5 ATS at home, while Golden State is 4-6 ATS on the road.
- The total has gone over in 6 of the Warriors 10 road games, while 6 of the Lakers 11 home games have gone over.
- In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Los Angeles is 4-2 and Golden State is 4-1.
- The Lakers are 8-6 when they reach 100 points, while the Warriors are 14-4.
- The Warriors rank ninth in rebounds per game (45.2) while the Lakers rank 25th in rebounds allowed per game (46.3).
- Los Angeles ranks second in fast break points per game (15.2) while Golden State ranks 28th in fast break points allowed per game (14.2).
- The Warriors rank seventh in points off turnovers per game (18.9) while the Lakers rank 28th in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.6).
- The Warriors rank sixth in three pointers attempted per game (31.9) while the Lakers rank 16th in three pointers allowed per game (29.4).
- Golden State averages 8.7 blocks per game, which ranks first in the league. Los Angeles ranks 21st in blocks allowed per game (5.3).
- Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Golden State is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Lakers have outscored opponents by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Los Angeles has lost by an average of 2.0 points.
- During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 113.6 points per game (3.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 103.6 points per game (2.8 below their season average).