Nets vs. Lakers NBA PRO Report: Sharps Taking Los Angeles to Cover at Home (Thursday, Feb. 18)
Mitchell Leff/Getty Images. Pictured: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to teammate LeBron James.
- The Brooklyn Nets can still score in a hurry minus Kevin Durant.
- However, our PRO Report suggests the Los Angeles Lakers are the side to back in Thursday's showdown.
Nets vs. Lakers
|Time | TV||10 p.m. ET | TNT|
Odds as of Thursday afternoon and via DraftKings.
The Brooklyn Nets head to Staples Center on Thursday to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in matchup of elite teams. Brooklyn and Los Angeles have dominated in very different ways this season.
The Nets possess one of the best offenses in NBA history, scoring a whopping 117.9 points per 100 possessions per NBA Advanced Stats. Brooklyn has been an over machine on totals, and has fared quite well Against The Spread (ATS) during its campaign.
However, the Nets haven’t been nearly as surefire of a bet when they travel, going 6-8 ATS on the road so far this season.
On the other side, the Lakers have dominated with an impressive defense led by a veteran-laden team. Like the Nets, the Lakers have won four of their last five games.
Los Angeles barely covered in its last game, winning by eight points with a -6 line in their matchup with host Minnesota. In that win, the Lakers held the Timberwolves to 41.9% shooting from the field.
The Lakers are fourth in the league in opponent’s field-goal percentage and could slow down a potent Nets’ offense, even with Anthony Davis sidelined. On top of that, Montrezl Harrell and the rest of the Lakers’ big men could feast on the Brooklyn’s weak interior defense.
Los Angeles’ advantage in this game is supported by our PRO Report, which suggests the Lakers as the better play. Let’s take a look.
NBA Picks: Nets vs. Lakers
The spread for this star-studded game opened at -2.5 before steam on Lakers pushed this line from Los Angeles -2.5 to -3. Since this morning, two Action Labs’ Bet Signals have been triggered on Los Angeles, confirming the sharp action on the host.
The biggest bets made have been placed on the Lakers to cover, which is another indicator of the sharp action on Los Angeles.
Pick: Lakers -3