It is the first game of a three-game road trip for the Spurs and San Antonio has not been a good road team this season. They have also struggled in this series vs. the basketball betting odds.
NBA betting trends indicate that the Lakers have won seven of the last ten against San Antonio. They are an even better 8-2 against the basketball betting line. The teams have met three times already this season and the Lakers have won two of the three. None of the games has been close with the Lakers winning by 9 and 12 points while the Spurs won by 20. All three games went under the total and with both teams being ranked in the Top 10 in defense this season that could happen again in this game.
You would think that when the Spurs and Lakers played the games would be close and hard fought in NBA betting. That simply has not been the case very often. Look at the margins of victory in the last 10 games. The Lakers have won seven of the ten by margins of 9, 12, 7, 14, 8, 2 and 30.
The Spurs have played better in recent weeks to improve their overall NBA betting numbers but they are still struggling to score. San Antonio is outside the top 10 in offense and they still rely upon the aging Tim Duncan. Manu Ginobili is a good guard but with Tony Parker out the Spurs simply don’t have a lot of options. Richard Jefferson has had a poor season and he has been a huge disappointment.
The Lakers are solid on offense as they are 7th in the league. Their defense is just 10th overall but when the Lakers show up they can shut down any team. That may not be too difficult in this matchup considering the Spurs struggle to score. The Lakers will wrap up the top seed in the Western Conference soon so it won’t be long before they start resting players. That should not happen in this game since it is on national television and against a team that is considered somewhat of a rival. With the Spurs struggling to score and Los Angeles playing good defense, this game could go under the basketball betting total on Sunday.