The Lakers swept the Wizards last season in their season series and overall the Lakers have won the last five games against Washington. The Lakers have won the last three games in Washington and they are 2-1 against the basketball betting odds in those games.
NBA betting has the Lakers at 14-4 against Washington with Phil Jackson as head coach. In 22 career games including 18 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.1 points against Washington. The last time the Lakers and Wizards met was almost exactly one year ago as the Lakers won 117-97 at Staples Center. The last time they met in Washington the Lakers pulled out a 106-104 win but they did not cover the 12-point basketball betting pointspread. The Lakers are 3-2 in the last five games at Washington. Four of those five games went under the NBA betting total.
The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference but that does not mean they always cover the NBA betting odds. In fact, the Lakers have a losing record this season against the basketball betting pointspread. They have been poor on the road laying points in NBA betting so that is concern in this game since they are heavily favored against the Wizards in NBA betting. The Lakers do have a potent offensive team that is in the Top 10 in the league in scoring and their defense is also very good, as basketball betting stats have it in the Top 10. In this game against Washington it is hard to see Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol being contained by a poor Wizards team.
Washington has not been a good team this season and it hasn’t even mattered if they are at home or not. The Wizards can be competitive at times though and you never can tell when they will steal a game in NBA betting. They have beaten Orlando, Portland and Sacramento at home this month so they can be dangerous when they have a good night. The problem for the Washington Wizards is that they simply don’t have enough scoring or defense to win on a consistent basis. Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison can be effective but they are not superstar players and far too often they are inconsistent.