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How the public is betting Lakers vs. Warriors in NBA play-in tournament

The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors battle for a chance at the 7-seed in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday. We go over how the public is betting the game.

Will Los Angeles (L) cover the spread against Golden State?

The No. 7 seed Los Angeles Lakers will meet the No. 8 seed Golden State Warriors Friday night in what is considered the showcase of the play-in tournament. LeBron James and Stephen Curry will add another chapter in their rivalry, though the stakes will be substantially lower. The winner of this game will face the No. 2 seed Phoenix Suns, while the loser will play the winner of the Grizzlies-Spurs game for the right to stay in the postseason.

Lakers vs. Warriors betting splits

Below is a look at the betting splits among bettors at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

The Lakers are favored by 4.5 points and most of the money is going that way. However, the number of bets is fairly even among Los Angeles and Golden State, which means fans could be feeling a potentially nail-biting contest. If Curry continues to perform as he has this season, bettors taking the Warriors could get a big payoff.

Over/Under

The over/under for this game is set at 219.5 and the public is overwhelming taking the over in terms of total money and number of bets. The Lakers averaged 109.5 points per game this season, but that number is deflated due to Anthony Davis and James missing time. The Warriors are scoring 113.5 points per game this year. Those two numbers already add up to 223 and once you add a healthy Davis and James to the mix, 219.5 seems a bit low. Given the star power on both sides, the over is the play.

Moneyline

The Lakers are -186 to get the outright win while the Warriors come in at +155 to take the No. 7 seed. The public is siding heavily with the Lakers on this front. Despite Curry’s ridiculous production and postseason accolades, no one can quite match James’ resume in key games. The Lakers are at home and likely view this as a chance to announce their status as championship contenders. Los Angeles is the safe bet here.

LAL-GSW Betting Splits

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
GS Warriors +5.5 47% 53% Over 218.0 74% 83% +188 15% 27%
LA Lakers -5.5 53% 47% Under 218.0 26% 17% -230 85% 73%

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