The second-place teams from each conference will square off tonight as the Nets head out on the road to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers. The Brooklyn Nets are riding a four-game winning streak — the last three of which were on the road — while the Lakers come into tonight’s match-up boasting an impressive 8-1 record in their last nine games.
Injury update: Dennis Schroder (health protocols) has been ruled out for the Lakers. Kyrie Irving (back) will play for the Nets.
Pick ATS: Nets +2.5
The Nets are in great form on the road right now while going 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games. While edging out the Suns by four points on Tuesday night, they clobbered the Kings and Warriors in the two previous games by double digit margins. With the addition of James Harden, they’ve been the best offense in the league averaging 124.1 points per game throughout their last 10 games. Harden has been integral to that offense, putting up double digits throughout those games and capping it with an impressive 38 points and 11 assists against the Suns.
On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers have the best defense in the league, only allowing 105.2 points per 100 possessions while leading the league in blocked shots with 6.1 per game. Both sides will be missing players while Kevin Durant (ankle) will be sidelined for Brooklyn and Anthony Davis (calf) will be out for the Lakers.
Player Prop: James Harden O3.5 3-pointers (+140)
While LA holds the league’s best defense, Harden has been lethal on three-pointers as of late, hitting 16-for-29 over Brooklyn’s last three games. Even against a tough defense, Harden can easily bury at least four from beyond the arc especially with how well this Nets team has been playing. Coming off his 38-point performance against the Suns, he’ll look to carry that momentum through to the Staples Center tonight.
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