Sun, Mar 6, 2:47pm by Kevin Pitstock
Game: NBA San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Date/Time: Monday March 7th, 2011/8:30am AEST
Another battle of playoff bound teams will be taking place in San Antonio, Texas with the Los Angeles Lakers coming in to face the leagues best San Antonio Spurs. Currently San Antonio is 51-11 overall and 29-2 at home. The Lakers are 44-19 for the season and 22-11 on the road.
The Lakers have won six games in a row and are winners of seven of their last ten games while the Spurs have won 2 in a row and have also won 7 of their last ten games. Let’s preview each team and then check the odds courtesy of Sportingbet to give you the free pick for your bet.
San Antonio Overview
The leading scorer for the Spurs is Manu Ginobilli with 18 points per game and he also completes 1.6 steals per game. Tony Parker, guard, manages 6.6 assists per game and he leads the team in field goal shooting at 51.8%. Inside the paint is controlled by Tim Duncan with 9 rebounds per game and he swats two shots away per game on the average.
The team leads the NBA in 3-point shooting a a torrid 40% and they are 5th in field goal accuracy at 47%. While at the free throw line they have a 77% success rate. For rebound they are the 8th best team in the National Basketball Association with 42.5 boards per game.
Los Angeles Overview
The main cog in the offensive machine for the Lakers is Kobe Bryant. He averages 25 points per game and dishes 4.8 assists on an average every game. Pau Gasol hauls in the rebounds at a 10.5 per game rate along with his 1.7 blocks per game. Lamar Odom paces the team in field goal percentage with a 54% rate and Ron Artest makes 14 steals per game.
The Lakers score 101.9 points per game for 8th best in the NBA and they shoot 46.7% from the field which puts them in the top ten in the NBA for accuracy. Free throw shooting is stellar at 78.5% and they are the 4th best in rebounding in the league with 43.9 boards per game.
Pick and Prediction
The last meeting between these two teams found the Spurs squeaking out a one point victory over the Lakers. Both teams are basically at full strength and ready to roll. Rebounding is at a premium for this game because the field goal shooting is so good than every missed shot needs to be gathered for a second chance. Checking the odds courtesy of Sportingbet Spurs -3. Our prediction is for the Spurs to manage to cover that spread but not without a hard fought game.
Our Pick: Spurs -3 at Sportingbet
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