Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, NBA Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Mar 11, 2022

L.A.'s season is starting to turn ugly, but the Lakers will have a chance to get back in the win column on Friday night when they host the equally struggling Washington Wizards.

Washington
35-47
AT
March 11, 2022, 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
33-49
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Moneyline +157
Over / Under o +229.5

31%

Betting Action

69%

Pointspread -4.5 -110
Moneyline -188
Over / Under u +229.5

31%

Betting Action

69%

Both the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers have severely underperformed over the last couple of months but as we head down the home stretch, both teams sit close to a spot in the play-in tournament. Washington jumped out to a fast 10-3 start to their year but have fallen flat since, sitting at 29-35 in the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference. They have lost 14 of their last 20. Meanwhile, the Lakers, were touted as championship favourites during the offseason yet they are only 28-37 and in the ninth seed out West.

Every game counts for these two teams down the stretch and they can’t afford to drop another one here.

L.A. is a 4-point favourite to win on the NBA odds, with total of 231.5.

Wizards vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

Washington has been reliable against the spread when coming off of an ATS loss. They are 4-0-1 ATS during their last five under these circumstances. For an odd stat, consider that the Wizards really haven’t been good when playing on Friday nights as they’re 1-5 ATS in their last six on that day. The under has cashed out in six out of the Wizards’ last eight games played on the road.

As for the Lakers, the spread hasn’t been good to them lately. They’ve covered just once in their last seven games. It doesn’t get better when they are listed as the favourite either, failing to cover in four straight when posted as the chalk. The total has trended under in this series, though, as its 5-2 in the last seven meetings in the Los Angeles.

Washington Wizards

Towards the beginning of the season it looked like a trio of Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Kuzma and Bradley Beal would be enough to keep this team competitive in the East. However, two of those players aren’t available to them anymore as Beal suffered a season-ending wrist injury and Dinwiddie was shipped to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Kristaps Porzingis. In two games, Porzingis has averaged 22.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, an overall nice addition to the roster. He will need to step up big time for them because they don’t have that star player to really take over a game without Beal active.

Washington is in an awkward situation as they’re shorthanded and would probably rather tank for a better draft pick, but are also right on the cusp of a playoff spot. For a young team, that might mean something. At any rate, it’s hard to gauge their motivation.

Los Angeles Lakers

To put it lightly, the Lakers have been a complete mess of late. They have dropped nine of 11 and can’t get off the mat. While they’re at home in this spot, it might not be a huge advantage as fans have turned on them, taunting the players.

The trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook have only played about 20 games total together. Davis will remain out for this contest as he deals with a foot sprain, which leaves James and Westbrook to carry this below average roster. James leads in every statistical category except assists, putting up 29.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals a game. The problem hasn’t really been scoring points, though; it’s been defending their own basket.

They are in the 32nd percentile when it comes to defensive efficiency and without Davis, they really don’t have a dominant rim protector. Los Angeles always gives themselves a chance to win games with LeBron on the roster, but this team has deeper issues that make it hard to lock them in on the bet slip.

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