Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview
Some of the biggest stars in the NBA will be on the court together on Thursday night when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets. Many feel that this game will be a potential NBA Finals preview, but a lot can happen between now and the end of the season.
Brooklyn has battled through injuries all season long, but they still come into this game with a record of 18-12. The Nets are in second place in the Atlantic Division but will likely be on top of that division by the end of the season.
The Los Angeles Lakers bring a 21-7 record into this game, and they currently lead the Pacific Division. Los Angeles is the defending NBA champion, and they have wasted little time in establishing their dominance this season.
The Los Angeles Lakers are 2.5-point favorites over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
Nets Can Really Score
The Brooklyn Nets lead the league in scoring with over 121 points per game, and they have done it without a normal roster for much of the season. Brooklyn has three of the best scoring options in the league when fully healthy, and they will look to speed this game up against the Lakers.
Kevin Durant will not suit up for Brooklyn in this game, and Kyrie Irving is questionable due to injury. That would leave the Nets without close to 50 points per game, but James Harden could be able to step up and carry the load.
The Nets have really struggled on the defensive end of the floor, allowing nearly 118 points per game. Brooklyn will need to find a way to defend the paint if they want to beat the mighty Lakers.
Lakers Need More Depth
The Los Angeles Lakers are led by two of the best players in the NBA, but they don’t have a ton of depth on this roster. Anthony Davis will miss this game with an Achilles injury, and that will put even more pressure on LeBron James.
LeBron leads this team with 25.7 points and 7.9 assists per game and might be the league MVP at this point. The Lakers are making 36 percent of shots from deep, and they will need to shoot it well on Thursday night.
Los Angeles is the best defensive team in the NBA, allowing just 105.8 points per game. The Lakers should be able to put up a low number on Thursday night, especially if Kyrie Irving is not taking the floor for the Nets.
Nets Stun Lakers
LeBron James has been able to carry the Lakers all season long, but playing without Anthony Davis will prove to be too much against the Nets. Brooklyn has a number of defenders to throw at LeBron, and the Nets will finally get some stops.
Look for the Nets to score at least 120 points in this game, and that offense will be too much for the Lakers. In what could be a potential NBA Finals preview, the Brooklyn Nets will pick up an impressive win in Los Angeles.
Take the Brooklyn Nets money line over the Los Angeles Lakers.
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