Lakers-Warriors Christmas Betting Guide: Can LeBron and Co. Cover the Big Number?

Dec 25, 2018 02:45 PM EST

Photo credits: USAToday Sports. Pictured: LeBron James and Stephen Curry

Betting odds: Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors

  • Spread: Warriors -9
  • Over/Under: 233.5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

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It’s the game everyone has been waiting for since LeBron James took his talents to Los Angeles.

In primetime on Christmas evening, LeBron and the Lakers will face Stephen Curry and the Warriors for the first time. Can the Lakers cover the nine-point spread? Our analysts weigh in.

Notable Injuries

  • Los Angeles Lakers: JaVale McGee (illness) is doubtful. Tyson Chandler (back) is questionable.
  • Golden State Warriors: Kevin Durant (ankle) is expected to play.

Notable Stats

Betting Trends to Know

Since 2005, defending champions on Christmas Day have gone 5-7 straight-up and 4-8 ATS. — John Ewing

Is it the curse of Cleveland? June 19, 2016, Game 7 of the NBA Finals. That was the last time LeBron James won a game on the road against Golden State. He’s since lost seven straight games by 17.3 PPG, going 2-5 against-the-spread and failing to cover by 8.2 PPG.

Did You Know? Over/unders are hitting historical highs in the NBA in 2018. The Lakers-Warriors total is north of 230 points; the Bucks-Knicks total was also north of 225 points. This is the first time we’ve seen even one game on Christmas day with an over/under above 225, let alone close to 235 in Golden State.

Sunday night against the Clippers, the Warriors barely escaped at home as 11-point favorites, 129-127, with Los Angeles shooting 53% from the field. Under Steve Kerr, the Warriors are 16-7 (69.6%) against the first-half spread, profiting bettors 8.0 units, in the game after allowing their opponents to shoot over 50% from the field. — Evan Abrams