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Lakers vs. Nets Betting Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions: Will LeBron James & Co. Roll Through Brooklyn?


Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lakers at Nets Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions

  • Spread: Lakers -5
  • Over/Under: 230
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT

Odds as of Thursday evening and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers continue their New York City tour with a matchup against Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. The Nets are 2-11 since Dec. 26, including their current four-game losing streak.

Will the Nets snap their streak against the dominant Lakers? Our NBA crew breaks down the angles of the matchup and how to bet this game below.

Betting Trend to Know

The Lakers opened as 6.5-point favorites in Brooklyn (at FanDuel). Despite LeBron James & Co. receiving a majority of spread tickets the line has shifted from Nets +6.5 to +5. This season when the line has moved against LA, the team has gone 11-5-1 against the spread. John Ewing

Bryan Mears: Positive Regression on the Horizon?

Interestingly enough, both the Lakers and Nets have been largely fine when two of their stars haven’t been on the floor. The Lakers without Anthony Davis (questionable) have been -0.1 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor vs. off.

The Nets without Kyrie Irving (confirmed active) have been … -0.1 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor vs. off. The teams actually have positive records ATS without those guys.

That’s potentially due to the market overreacting to their values, although the data is a bit weird. The Lakers and Nets are clearly better with those guys on the floor, but the data this season hasn’t shown that.

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