Vegas couldn’t label anyone a favorite in today’s matchup between the San Antonio Spurs (11-14, 7-4 home) and the Los Angeles Lakers (15-9, 5-5 away) as the two rivals opened the game with even odds. Tip off time is 8:30 p.m. EST at AT&T Center.
Luckily for you, that’s where we come in. Let’s begin by dissecting both teams’ offenses. The Spurs are averaging 109.4 points per games on 44.0% shooting from the floor and 38.0% from downtown. San Antonio ranks fourth in field goal percentage and fourth in three-point percentage in the Association.
Much of the damage has been done this season by DeMar DeRozan, who is leading the Spurs with 24.3 points per game on 46.0% shooting, and LaMarcus Aldridge, who is averaging 18.3 points per game.
Los Angeles, on the other hand, is averaging 113.1 points on 44.0% shooting from the floor and 35.0% from downtown. They rank 10th in rebounds and 15th in assists. The Lakers revolve around leading scorer LeBron James, who is dropping in 28.4 points per game.
Are you with us so far? Let’s move onto the other side of the ball and discuss both teams’ defenses. San Antonio is perfectly average on defense. They rank 24th in fewest points allowed at 113.7 points per game, and are holding opponents to 49.0% from the field and 37.0% from beyond the arc. San Antonio forces 12.8 turnovers per game and is 19th in the league in rebounding. Their ho-hum defense is especially damning on nights when they aren’t connecting from deep.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, is surrendering 111.1 points per game, and is allowing opponents to shoot 49.0% from the field and 35.0% from beyond the arc. The Lakers force 15 turnovers per game and rank 10th in total rebounding.
These two clubs have tangled three times this year, with the Lakers winning once. The last time they faced off on December 6th, 2018, Los Angeles won 121- 113 behind 42 points from LeBron James.
The Spurs are coming off of a 121-113 loss vs the Lakers in Los Angeles in which they were 7 for 27 from deep and won the war on the glass 55-54. The Lakers are fresh off a 121-113 win against the Spurs in Los Angeles. LeBron James led the team with 42 points.
It’s a tough game to pick, but it should be an interesting one to watch. Tip off time just around the corner!