Get ready for a see-saw affair on Tuesday, March 26th at Staples Center as the Wizards (30-44, 8-28 away) visit the Lakers (32-41, 19-17 home). Tip off time is at 10:30 p.m. EST.
Washington opened as slight 1.5 point favorites, and the small spread isn’t particularly shocking when you glance at both team’s numbers.
Washington enters this game ranked 27th in defensive rating. They’re giving up 116.9 points per game and are 11th in field goals allowed and 27th in three-pointers allowed.
Offensively, they’re averaging 114.3 points and are 27th in rebounds and fifth in assists. Leading the charge is Bradley Beal, who is averaging 25.9 points per contest on 44.0% shooting.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, ranks 25th league-wide in offensive rating. The Lakers are averaging 111.7 points per game on 44.0% shooting and are seventh in rebounds and 12th in assists.
They’ve been paced this season by LeBron James, who is leading the Lakers with 27.4 points per game on 47.0% shooting, and Kyle Kuzma, who is chipping in 18.7 points per game. The Wizards will have to work hard to contain both players tonight.
The Lakers are giving up 113.8 points per game at the other end of the court and are 20th in field goals allowed and eighth in three-pointers surrendered. Opponents are shooting 45.0% from the floor and 35.0% from deep against them this year.
Add it all up and we could be in for a roller coaster of a game tonight.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on December 16th, 2018, Washington won 128-110 behind 40 points from John Wall.
The Lakers are fresh off of a 106-111 win to the Kings in Sacramento in which they shot 13 for 40 from deep and won the war on the glass 66-58. The Wizards are fresh off a 108-113 loss versus the Heat in Washington. Jeff Green led the team with 25 points in that game.
All told, the Wizards have won three of their last ten games and are 11th in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers have lost eight of their last ten and are 11th in the Western Conference.
The 1.5-point spread isn’t the only wager you can take advantage of. Online sportsbooks have also set a high over/under total of 233. Keep in mind that Washington is 35-39-0 against the spread this season and 45-29-0 over/under, compared to 28-43-2 ATS and 29-44-0 over/under for Los Angeles.