San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Feb 23, 2024

The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers clash Friday night where both clubs aim to bounce back after tough defeats.

San Antonio
February 23, 2024, 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
Pointspread +10.5 -105
Moneyline +400
Over / Under o +240.5
Pointspread -10.5 -115
Moneyline -550
Over / Under u +240.5

It’s an even playing field for both clubs after they both travel to L.A. after playing on the road last night. The Spurs fell 122-117 at Sacramento, dropping them to 11-45 at the basement of the West. Ninth-place L.A. went down to 30-27 with a 128-110 defeat at Golden State. 

LeBron James missed yesterday with a left ankle issue, but coach Darvin Ham is calling James day-to-day meaning he could suit up Friday. It would be the last time James and superstar rookie Victor Wembanyama would face off this season so perhaps that motivates the NBA’s modern day king, as he eventually one day may hand that title off to the 7’4 phenom.

Tip-off at Arena starts at 10:30 p.m. EST with the Lakers -8.5 on the point spread and the over-under set at 239.5 on the NBA odds.

Spurs vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

The Spurs have dropped nine of their last 10 games, but unfortunately for them that’s been their norm this season. What’s abnormal is 10 of San Antonio’s last 12 contests finishing under the total. San Antonio averages just under 112 points per game, which is just around the bottom third of the league cut-off and that surprisingly decent offence paired with allowing 120 points per game led to a lot of Spurs overs. Hence why Friday’s total remains around 240.

The Lakers have been playing to the over lately too. Ten of L.A.’s last 15 contests have gone over the total, and 11 of their last 14 times hosting the Spurs have went over. Both Spurs–Lakers matchups this season went over the total and had a minimum of 241 points.

San Antonio Spurs

Prior to their week off, the Spurs laid an absolute egg at Dallas and scored just 93 points in a 23-point defeat. They responded yesterday by scoring 122, albeit well-rested. But San Antonio’s defending again let them down and they couldn’t get ahead and fell 127-122. The Spurs chucked up 98 field goal attempts in the loss, but it’s a statistic they rank in the top five in (91.1 per game) as the youngsters play at a high pace.

2020 first-rounder Devin Vassell scored a team-high 32 last night, his highest output since January 4. Vassell and Wembanyama are right atop San Antonio’s scorers this season, with the latter now averaging a double-double. Wembanyama finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds, five steals, and four blocks yesterday.

Los Angeles Lakers

There was no double overtime comeback, and no LeBron James for the Lakers yesterday against the Warriors who suffered a blowout defeat. A 6-1 run before the All-Star break gave L.A. some breathing room when it comes to qualifying for the Western Conference play-in but now they need to keep going as the post-season begins to be near. And Friday’s no walk in the park with a San Antonio team that can score, especially if James can’t suit up.

Taurean Prince entered L.A.’s starting lineup with James out and finished with 12 points. Anthony Davis led all Lakers with 27 points to go with 12 rebounds. No one on the Lakers bench finished in double-digit scoring, and that’s a group they’ll need to lean on when guys like LeBron can’t play.

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