Thu, Feb 3, 2:52pm by Kevin Pitstock
The Staples Center is Los Angeles, California is the site for this showdown between two of the best teams in the National Basketball Association. The game takes place on February 3rd as they represent the Western Conference. The Lakers are 34-15 and 19-7 at home while the Spurs are 15-6 on the road and are 40-8 for the 2011 season.
In the first match-up of the Spurs and Lakers we find the San Antonio Spurs won at home 97-82. The Spurs have won 8 of their last 10 games and the Lakers are are 7 out of 10. Let’s preview the teams and check the odds courtesy of Sportsbet.
San Antonio has the 3rd best scoring average in the NBA at 106 points per game. They allow their opponents to score 96.9 points per game. Rebounding is one of their strong suits as they gather 42 rebounds per game. They lost their last game to Portland 99-86.
Leading the way in scoring is Manu Ginobilli at 18.8 points per game. He is a 47% field goal shooter and also average 37% from behind the 3-point line. Tony Parker has a 17.2 scoring average and shoots an outstanding 52% from the field. Center Tim Duncan rebounds at a 9.4 per game and is a 72% free throw shooter. Richard Jefferson and George Hill fill out the starters with double digit scoring.
Lakers come in as the 4th best offensive team in the league. They score 103 points per game. They allow their opponents to score 96 points per game. Rebounding wise they grab 44 board per game and keep the other team off the glass to the tune of 40 per game.
Kobe Bryant is the scoring leader at 25.6 per game with 5 rebounds per game. He can shoot the free throw at 82%, Pau Gasol leads the team in rebounds with 10.6 per game with 52% shooting from the field. Lamar Odom is another scorer and rebounder for this Phil Jackson coached team.
Pick and Prediction
Two good teams battling it out for Conference Supremacy. Each team prides itself on their offensive basketball and hard nose defensive abilities. One thing to consider in making this prediction is that one of the main cogs of the Lakers is Andrew Bynum and he is questionable for this game. But the Lakers know how to win and they are in need of a win after getting beat in the last game played. Tim Duncan will have his way inside the paint but the outside play of Kobe Bryant and defensive skill of Derek Fischer will prevail. The odds from Sportsbet have the Lakers at -3.5 for a tight game. Lakers cover that spread.
Our pick:Bet Lakers -3.5 at Sportsbet
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