Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jan 27, 2024

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On Saturday night in San Francisco, two teams who need to kick their season up a notch collide as the Lakers face the Warriors.

L.A. Lakers
47-35
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January 27, 2024, 8:30 PM ET
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Golden State
46-36
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +105
Over / Under o +245.5
Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -125
Over / Under u +245.5

The Lakers are currently ninth in the Western Conference, fighting to hold to a precious play-in spot. They last saw action at home on Thursday against a pesky Bulls team whom they defeated 141-132. Amazingly, Golden State is on the outside looking in, sitting in 12th. Thursday night saw them host regional rivals the Sacramento Kings and lose a tough one, 134-133.

It should be a tight match, as per the NBA odds, with the Warriors pegged as light -1.5 favourites.

Lakers vs. Warriors NBA Betting Odds

This will be the first time since the second round of last spring’s playoffs that the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors cross paths. Fans will recall that the six-game series went to the purple and gold with L.A. winning all three games at home, the exact same fate they handed the Grizzlies in the first round. Of note, the Lakers also took the regular season series 3-1.

If Los Angeles is going to make a run, it might as well be now. It worked last year, so maybe it can this year as well, but they have to go out and actually do it. Right now the club is languishing at 23-23. They aren’t terribly by any means, nor are they especially good. ATS things are worse at 20-26. L.A. has covered four of its last five games. Neither side is very good on defence, with the Lakers ranked 17th (116.2 points conceded per contest) and the Warriors 22nd (118.4 points).

Unless head coach Steve Kerr whips up some magic, it looks the like dynasty may be running out of steam in San Francisco. The Warriors were a troubled, inconsistent unit last season. Those trends have continued this year, with multiple slaps on the wrist for Draymond Green and an inability to remain competitive on a nightly basis. Betters don’t necessarily have much reason to cheer for Golden State against the spread given the 19-21-2 tally.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers got a taste of the Chicago Bulls at home on Thursday night. The Illinois-based ensemble can be a difficult outing, as they were in this match, but L.A. ultimately prevailed 141-132.

Judging by the score, playing defence was optional in this match. Consider that Chicago lost the game yet still fired over 50 per cent from the field. It doesn’t help that the Lakers were significantly better at 60.9. D’Angelo Russell went off from beyond the arc, hitting eight of 13 attempts to bolster the club’s efficiency from that distance to a stunning 64.5 per cent. Jarred Vanderbilt, who has missed a lot of time this season, had a memorable three-steal night to go along with his 17 points. Austin Reaves played the role of facilitator, dishing eight dimes, with a couple of particularly nice assists to Anthony Davis who cashed in with flushes. LeBron James finished with 25 points.

Those who enjoy their basketball with tons of points got their money’s worth, no questions asked, but it was a tad disappointing to see such porous defence from both sides.

Golden State Warriors

After the emotional win at home on Tuesday during which the recently departed assistant coach Dejan Milojevic was honoured, carrying that momentum was going to be difficult. That said, the Sacramento Kings were in town, a team the Warriors play highly exciting games against.

That trend continued, with a back-and-forth ordeal in which the prowess of two bitter rivals was channelled through two individuals. For Golden State, that was Jonathan Kuminga, who exploded with 31 off the bench to go along with Stephen Curry’s 33. Curry aside, Kuminga has been the driving force this season when the team has played well. Strong, quick, and a demolishing derby in the paint. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Kings had Harrison Barnes – a former Warrior. He was unstoppable, finishing with 39 points from all over the court.

The game went down to the wire. Stephen Curry seemed to get ready for a vintage hero shot from three…until he lost the ball. Warriors lose 134-133.

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