Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks, and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game
Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game Information
Washington Wizards (10-17) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (22-9)
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Venue: STAPLES Center
TV Coverage: NBA TV, Spectrum SportsNet, NBC Sports Washington
Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Wizards +240 / Lakers -285) (Current: Wizards +230 / Lakers -280)
Spread: (Open: Lakers -6.5) (Current: Lakers -7)
Total: (Open: 225.5) (Current: 225.5)
NBA Championship Odds: Wizards +25000 / Lakers +270
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Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers News and Notes
Washington lists two players on the injury report: Ish Smith (quad) has been ruled out until April while Thomas Bryant (knee) is out for the season.
Los Angeles lists five players on their injury report: Lebron James (ankle), Kyle Kuzma (back), and Markieff Morris (ankle) will all be game-time decisions. Dennis Schroder (COVID-19 protocol) has been ruled out, while Anthony Davis (calf) will be out until mid-March.
- Washington is on a 4-0 ATS run.
- Washington is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games on a Monday.
- Washington is 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a win percentage over .600.
- Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
- Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in their last six games when facing a losing record team.
Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions and Picks
This is a great spot to back the Wizards, who come into this game playing their best basketball of the season. Washington is on a four-game winning streak with wins over the Celtics and the Blazers during that span. They’ll face a Lakers team that is just 1-3 since Anthony Davis went down with a calf injury.
Based on what we’ve seen thus far, there aren’t going to be too many spots that the Lakers will garner support at the betting window. I actually thought the Lakers had a better supporting cast of players last season compared to this season. Los Angeles doesn’t have the players to create the type of floor spacing that was so key to their success last year. They had eight players average at least one three-pointer per game during that season, whereas this season, that number is down to just five.
The Lakers are also getting less production this season from Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Markieff Morris. All three players are scoring fewer points compared to last year’s output. Performances by players like Danny Green, Dwight Howard, and JaVale McGee were also much more consistent than the group they have this year, and neither of those players is still with the team. The signing of Wesley Matthews has been a complete disaster. Matthews is down to 5.2 points per game which is 2.2 points less than his output with the Milwaukee Bucks last season.
If you’re a Wizards fan, you also have to like what you’re hearing from the players as well. Russell Westbrook made it a point to heap praise on his head coach after a rough start to the season. What’s interesting is that it was Westbrook who broached the subject unsolicited.
“When we lose, they always look at the head coach,” Westbrook said. “When we win, they don’t give him a lot of credit. But he’s doing a hell of a job making sure that we are playing the best we can play and put us in a position to be great.”
The Wizards look like a team that hasn’t thrown in the towel despite their 10-17 record. Frankly, why should they? They’re only three games out of the final playoff spot, and when you have the league’s leading scorer in Bradley Beal and a walking triple-double machine and former MVP in Westbrook, you should have a chance.
As a seven-point underdog, I think the Wizards are undervalued in this spot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they win this game outright.
The Pick: Wizards +7
Bonus: Wizards ML +230 (.25u)