7:00 PM ET, November 26, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Over the past two games, John Wall has impressed online sports betting fans by playing like the player the Washington Wizards imagined they were getting when they made him the top pick in the 2010 NBA draft.
The 23 year-old point guard will try to keep things going tonight when Washington hosts a Los Angeles Lakers team that is on a nice run of its own.
Wall is coming off his two highest-scoring games of the season, posting 37 points in a 96-88 defeat versus the Toronto Raptors on Friday and 31 in a 98-89 win versus the New York Knicks on Saturday.
YouWager experts believe Washington (5-8) needs for Wall to play at that high level, especially when they play on consecutive nights. After splitting the back-to-backs over the weekend, the Wizards need a quick turnaround again with a visit to Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The Wizards will then play back to back nights Friday and Saturday.
Versus New York, Washington made their run in the third, turning a three-point halftime deficit into a seven-point lead going into the fourth.
The Wizards have a positive point differential in the first and third quarters but the issue has been finishing games, as the team allows an average of 25.5 points in the fourth to rank in the bottom third of the NBA.
Los Angeles (7-7) will try to counter Wall’s recent hot play with a balanced attack and add to their season-high three-game winning streak. The team beat visiting Sacramento Kings 100-86 on Sunday as Xavier Henry scored 21 points off the bench and Pau Gasol added 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers will have to do without star guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, which means other players have to step up.
Los Angeles may have found gold in Henry, who is with his third NBA team in four seasons after being drafted 12th overall by Memphis in 2010.
The 22 year-old shooting guard is averaging a career-high 8.7 points while coming off the bench in 12 of 14 games, and the Lakers’ reserves lead the league with 46.2 points per game.
Los Angeles has won six of the past seven NBA games in Washington.