The Lakers are the best team in the Western Conference and they come into this ESPN televised game on Wednesday having won six in a row. The Spurs have looked better in recent weeks and at home they have been very solid in NBA wagering.
Basketball wagering trends do point to the Lakers in this game. They have won 7 of the last 10 against the Spurs and they are also 7-3 against the NBA wagering line. The teams have met twice this season and the home team has won easily each time. The Lakers won 101-89 at home last month while the Spurs were victorious by a score of 105-85 in San Antonio back in January. The Spurs are just 3-2 in their last five home games against the Lakers though and they are 2-3 against the spread. Three of the last four in this series have gone under the total in NBA wagering.
Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.6 points per game in his career against the Spurs. The Lakers are 14-18-1 this season on the road vs. the point spread. Los Angeles has slipped somewhat in terms of NBA statistics. They have fallen to 10th in the league on offense and they are just 6th on defense. The Lakers still win most of the time though and they are very capable of pulling off a win at San Antonio. The concern for the Lakers is that Andrew Bynum is hurt again and the team just looks uninspired. "If you look at last year, we felt like we were playing better at this time of year," said guard Derek Fisher. "We had the best road record in the NBA. We were looking great going into the postseason but then you look up in the second round and you're on the brink of elimination. We aren't using any excuses. We're still holding ourselves accountable. We don't like the way we're playing but I'll take the wins, as ugly as they are.”
The Spurs are 20-14-1 against the spread at home this season. They win with a defense that is ranked 8th best in the league. Tim Duncan leads the team in scoring but the Spurs are not a high scoring team. They are 14th in the NBA in points per game.