Don’t expect a tight game tonight at Staples Center as the Golden State Warriors opened as 10.5 point favorites against the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers. Tip off is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. EST.
Golden State is Firing on All Cylinders
Few teams have been hotter lately than the Warriors, who have won their last seven games and sit a half game above the Denver Nuggets atop the Western Conference. Golden State is tops in the NBA in offensive rating, points per game, assists, and field-goal percentage, and ranks second in three-point percentage and overall plus/minus.
Unbelievable performance by @StephenCurry30 💦
7 threes in 3rd quarter
41 PTS (9/17 from 3) pic.twitter.com/HXkW2dP5MY
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 17, 2019
Leading the charge is Stephen Curry, who is putting up 29.4 points per contest on 47.0% shooting. The two-time MVP is back among the league’s elite and hitting shots at an almost unfair rate.
Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Lakers Statistical Comparison
|115.4 (1st)||Offensive Rating||107.4 (21st)|
|118.5 (1st)||Points||112.4 (12th)|
|28.8 (1st)||Assists||24.5 (13th)|
|48.8 (1st)||Field-Goal Percentage||47.2 (8th)|
|38.9 (2nd)||Three-Point Percentage||33.6 (28th)|
|+6.5 (2nd)||Plus/Minus||+1.0 (14th)|
|109.0 (14th)||Defensive Rating||106.3 (7th)|
|111.9 (19th)||Points||111.4 (16th)|
|44.8 (6th)||Field-Goal Percentage||44.2 (3rd)|
|35.0 (13th)||Three-Point Percentage||34.7 (10th)|
|48.3 (14th)||Points In The Paint||50.0 (22nd)|
Los Angeles is Battered and Bruised
The Lakers enter tonight’s matchup without the services of their top three ball handlers. LeBron James remains out with a groin strain and Rajon Rondo is still nursing a sprained right finger. They’ll be joined in street clothes this evening by Lonzo Ball, who is expected to be out for four-to-six weeks after spraining his left ankle in Saturday’s overtime loss against the Rockets.
Lonzo Ball had to be carried off the court after this ankle injury.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 20, 2019
The Lakers will need to lean heavily on Kyle Kuzma, who is chipping in a career-high 18.8 points per game, and Brandon Ingram, who is averaging 16.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest.
Can the Lakers Pull Off the Impossible Again?
The Warriors and Lakers have already met once this season. The last time they played on December 26th, 2018, Los Angeles won 127-101 behind 19 points from Kuzma. LA shot nearly 40% from downtown in that game and out rebounded Golden State 57-48.
The Lakers are coming off of a heartbreaking 138-134 loss against the Rockets in Houston in which they shot 10 for 37 from deep and squandered a huge 21-point lead.
The Warriors, meanwhile, are fresh off a 112-94 win vs the Clippers in Los Angeles in which they dished out 31 dimes and had 11 swipes. Stephen Curry torched the Clippers for 28 points. The game also marked the long-awaited debut of DeMarcus Cousins, who scored 14 points in 15 minutes before fouling out early in the fourth.
DeMarcus Cousins was looking good dropping 14 points in 15 mins in his Warriors debut. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/rB0Qdw1WgH
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) January 19, 2019
Overall, the Warriors have won nine of their previous ten games and are second in the Western Conference, while the Lakers have lost six of their last ten and are ninth in the Western Conference.
Oddsmakers are Expecting an Offensive Explosion
The 10.5-point spread isn’t the only angle you can take advantage of. Sportsbooks have also set a high over/under total of 235. Bear in mind that Golden State is 20-25-1 against the spread this year and 25-21-0 over/under, compared to 20-25-2 ATS and 18-29-0 over/under for Los Angeles.
|32-14 Straight Up||25-22 Straight Up|
|20-25-1 ATS||20-25-2 ATS|
|25-21-0 Over/Under||18-29-0 Over/Under|
Feeling intrigued? Tonight’s game gets underway soon!