Friday, December 7 at 8:30 PM ET
Coverage: NBA League Pass
The Los Angeles Lakers visit the San Antonio Spurs in the second game of a home and home back-to-back on Friday. The Lakers beat the Spurs in the first game 121-113 on Wednesday but San Antonio leads the season series 2-1. Two of the three meetings went Over the total and all were decided by eight points or less and that won't change in this contest.
LeBron James scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers erase an eight-point deficit and get the win on Wednesday. Brandon Ingram went down with a sprained left ankle in the first quarter but his teammates stepped up, Kyle Kuzma finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, Lonzo Ball had 14 points and nine assists, hitting three 3-pointers and Josh Hart played a key role with two clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes.
DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 32 points and Rudy Gay finished with a season-high 31 but he had just one basket in the final 10:30 minutes before fouling out with 27 seconds to play. LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and nine rebounds.
Brandon Ingram's X-rays came back negative but he's likely to miss a few games. The Lakers have won four straight while the Spurs have lost seven of their last 10 but not having him will hurt them. Ingram has been a key component of their starting lineup around LeBron James, averaging 15.2 points, third on the team, along with 4.0 rebounds.
The Los Angeles Lakers are:
3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing straight up record
1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against Southwest Division opponents
The San Antonio Spurs are:
7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games against Pacific Division opponents
3-1-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning straight up record
21-8 ATS in their last 29 Friday games
16-7 ATS in their last 23 home games
San Antonio is poor on defense but their offense can step up and give the Lakers all they can handle. I like the Spurs to get the cover behind DeMar DeRozan, he leads the team with 24.3 points per game along with career-highs in assists (5.9) and rebounds (5.6) and he's shooting 48.1 percent from the field, his best percentage since his rookie season.
NBA Pick: Spurs PK (-110) at Jazz Sports
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