Los Angeles Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jan 30, 2023

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The Lakers enter the second phase in their set of five games away from home on Monday when they take to the Barclays Center for a contest against the Brooklyn Nets.

L.A. Lakers
January 30, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center
Pointspread +9 -110
Moneyline +299
Over / Under o +231.5


Betting Action


Pointspread -9 -110
Moneyline -366
Over / Under u +231.5


Betting Action


L.A. not only lost on Saturday to the Boston Celtics, but controversy stained the game. As for Brooklyn, they remain home after handling their regional rivals the Knicks on Saturday. The matchup also marks a reunion between former teammates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who won a championship together with Cleveland in 2016.

Vegas has set the Nets as -9 favourites on the NBA odds, whereas the over-under established at 230.

Lakers vs. Nets NBA Betting Odds

The Lakers hold a slight 3-2 edge over the past five meetings. Then again, the Brooklyn squad has changed drastically since early 2021, from its coaches to its players, so it’s a strange head-to-head comparison. Of note, few of the games have been close, with only the Nets win on Christmas Day 2021 decided by fewer than 10 points. Conversely, the Lakers have handled the Nets with relative ease in each of their three victories.

King James and company have successfully covered four of the last five spreads. That includes Saturday’s opportunity against Boston, although one assumes they couldn’t care less about that. That cover puts them at 23-24-2 on the season ATS, which isn’t too shabby for a squad in 13th place in the West. Despite the ranking, they are only a couple of games out from play-in seeding.

The Nets are similar to their opponents with respect to point spreads. At 25-24, they’re by no means a bad bet, but nor do they inspire much confidence. In a mirror image of L.A.’s recent trend, they too have handled the spread in four of their past five outings. After a series of six games earlier in the month when the Over cashed in, the Under has granted the spoils in the last three.

Los Angeles Lakers

Where to begin with Saturday night? As it should always be when playing the Celtics, it was tense, emotions were high and, lest the elephant in the room remains unaddressed, there was controversy.

With four seconds left in a 105-105 game and the TD Garden crowd buzzing, King James drove to the basket for a vintage score. It certainly looks as though Jayson Tatum thwacked James’ left arm while attempting a layup. Surprisingly, no foul was called, with the referees admitting fault post-match. No worries, the Lakers had played rather well all night and could claim the contest in the extra frame. Only they didn’t, getting outscored 20-16 and losing 125-121. Still, a 41-point night puts LeBron that much closer to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record. Anthony Davis was grossly ineffective in his second game back, with a -16 rating, although he did grab 10 rebounds.

Brooklyn Nets

Jacque Vaughn’s troupe needed a win and badly. The remedy came in the shape of the New York Knicks. Two days prior, the latter had come off an iconic win over the Celtics. Perhaps they were still floating off the success of that win because the host Nets, ready and willing, took the game to them from the opening tip-off.

One stat that will always bring joy to the heart of a head coach is when all five of their starters hit double-digits in points. Such was the case for Brooklyn. Irving easily led the way with 32. Joe Harris netted 16, both Royce O’Neale and Seth Curry were good for 14, and Nic Claxton contributed with 13. Irving made a sensational end-to-end play late in the fourth quarter that began with a defensive scoop and concluding with a trademark, wizardry layup between an army of defenders. New York did its best to muster a second-half comeback, but no team can overcome an opponent who shoots 55 per cent from beyond the arc. A solid and much-needed win for the Nets, 122-115lebr

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