That comeback – and much of their strong play this season – has been fueled by D’Angelo Russell, who has matured into an All-Star since being traded away from the Los Angeles Lakers. On Friday, he’ll have a shot at some revenge over his former team.
NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Nets (37-36 overall and 39-34 ATS) are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the NBA Pacific Division. They’ve also covered eight of their last 10 road games against teams with a winning home-court record. Facing the west hasn’t been an issue for this squad as they’ve won 10 of 13 games versus teams from the Western Conference.
The Lakers (31-40 overall and 27-42 ATS) are an absolute mess right now. They have just one win in their last 12 and have two covers in that span. They are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on two days of rest. The Lakers are just 6-24-1 ATS in the last 31 games versus opponents from the Eastern Conference.
The Nets and the Lakers were both part of incredible games this week. The Nets’ remarkable game was more special than the Lakers’ game, and not just because they won it. The Nets pulled off the unthinkable coming back from a 27-point deficit in the third quarter. The Nets were dead and buried entering the fourth at Sacramento, and it’s not as though the Kings are terrible this year. Sacramento has been close to the .500 mark the whole season and has largely overachieved in 2019. The Kings took a 103-78 lead into the final 12 minutes but the Nets found a way.
That’s the story of this team and this roster, which is a collection of players who were overlooked. They all play like they’ve got a chip on their shoulder and they never quit. That attitude is almost enough to get them the win on Friday as their opponent has proven to be one of the biggest quitters this season.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers were not part of a game in which a team made a 27-point comeback this past week, but they were part of a remarkable comeback… and they were the team which blew the lead. What’s humiliating is that the Knicks still have just one win in their last 11 games and that’s the one. It ended with LeBron James getting stuffed by Mario Hezonja at the buzzer, which is an unbelievable thought on its own.
Why bet the Lakers at this point? James may or may not play, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are out, and the team simply can’t wait until the end of the season. They’ve lost nine of 10 with an average margin of defeat of 11 points.
Brooklyn is coming off a win but had lost three in a row before that. They’re just 16-20 on the road, so the Lakers better hope they come out lackluster otherwise they may not have much of a chance.