Monday, October 22 at 10:30 PM ET
The San Antonio Spurs collide with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, with both teams looking to get back on track from tough losses.
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are coming off a 121-108 road loss against the Portland Trail Blazers last Saturday. DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 28 points and dished out nine assists and Bryn Forbes added 17 points in the setback. The Spurs shot 42.0 percent from the floor but they let the Trail Blazers make 53.6 percent of their field goals, including 15 of 32 3-pointers.
San Antonio needs to find a reliable scorer outside of DeRozan, who is averaging a team-high 28.0 points per game. No other Spurs player scores more than 16.5 points per game and Patty Mills is their longest-tenured player, so this team could take a little time to jell.
The Spurs are averaging 110.0 points per game (19th in the NBA), they grab 46.0 rebounds per game (15th), dish out 25.5 assists per game (9th) and allow 114.5 points per game (18th). DeRozan also leads San Antonio with 6.5 assists and 1.0 assists and LaMarcus Aldridge puts up 16.5 points and team-bests with 13.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are still looking for their first win of the season after losing back-to-back games and the road to their first victory will be little more difficult than expected as they will be without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram following their roles in an on-court altercation against Chris Paul in Saturday's 124-115 loss against the Rockets. Rondo was suspended three games while Ingram received a four-game ban.
LeBron James led the Lakers with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists but he was just 1-for-7 from 3-point range, JaVale McGee had a solid game with 16 points, six rebounds and five blocks in just 20 minutes but Los Angeles made just 25.0 percent of their 3-point shots (8-for-32).
The Lakers are averaging 117.0 points per game (8th in the NBA), they grab 45.0 rebounds per game (18th), dish out 25.5 assists per game (9th) and allow 126.0 points per game (27th). LeBron James leads the Lakers with 25.0 points and 8.5 rebounds and Josh Hart has been among the best fits with James early on, averaging 15.5 points per game while shooting 52.0 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc and he's provided a spark on the defensive end with 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
The San Antonio Spurs are:
2-6 ATS in their last eight games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
1-4 ATS in their last five Monday games
1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss
1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on 1 days rest
1-5 ATS in their last six games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games
0-4 ATS in the last four meetings
The Los Angeles Lakers are:
8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400
4-1 ATS in their last five games against NBA Southwest Division opponents
The Lakers' depth will be tested without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram. Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball should see more minutes over the next four games and being short-handed will force LeBron James to take over. The Spurs, like the Lakers, are still trying to figure things out and they need a reliable second scorer to compete in the Western Conference. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings and I'll take a shot with LeBron James and the Lakers +1 at home.
NBA Pick: Lakers +1 (-110) at Jazz Sports