Los Angeles Lakers (30-36) Vs. Golden State Warriors (51-16): Game Information and Betting Preview
Over the years, we have seen a few different power shifts take place in the NBA. Teams load up with talent in an effort to win championships, only to then dump salary and go through a rebuilding period that might never restore them to their former glory. Back in the day, it was the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers who were the marquee teams, followed by a period where Jordan and the Chicago Bulls reigned supreme. In recent years, the tide has turned once again, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors being the dominant force in the league. There are signs this season that we might once again be seeing a shift in the balance of power, although the Warriors are still champions until someone comes and takes that away from them. They will continue to try and get back into the fight for supremacy in the Western Conference with a home game against the rebuilding Lakers on Wednesday night. It’s been a tough few days for the Warriors, so look for them to come out strong in search of a win. Let’s review all game information and betting preview and get ready to cash in on this match.
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What: Los Angeles Lakers (30-36) Vs. Golden State Warriors (51-16)
When: Wednesday, March 14 at 10:30 PM ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
TV: ESPN, TWC SN, CSNB
The Line: TBA
Why bet on the LA Lakers
The LA Lakers are a longshot to be in the playoffs this season, as they currently sit 5 ½ games off the pace being set by the number 8 team. That said, they are on a very positive run right now, winning 7 of their last 10 games. There has also been talking that they might be active in the free agent market this coming offseason, with rumors of a LeBron James bid failing to go away right now. That’s all in the future, though, and for now, it is all just about making sure that this positive run of form continues. This game could prove to be a problem for the Lakers, though, as they are now on a 6-game losing skid to the Warriors, including all 3 previous meetings this season. That said, the Lakers have been a tough out for the Dubs this year, taking 2 of those 3 games into OT.
Why bet on the Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are a team loaded with talent from top to bottom, but it is becoming clear that it is Stephen Curry who is the engine that makes this team perform at a high level. Curry has missed a pair of games with an ankle injury, an issue that has plagued him his entire career, and the Warriors have gone on to lose both of those games. In fairness, both of those defeats did come on the road to teams that look to be playoff bound in the Western Conference, but that still does not cover up the fact that they have struggled without Curry in the line-up. Heading home could be good for Golden State, as they have a stellar 26-7 record in their own building this season. You need to go all the way back to 2012 to find the last time the Lakers won in Oakland.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is not a losing streak that I expect to continue for the Warriors, especially now that they are heading back home. Not a huge win here, but a win nonetheless.
Predicted Score: LA Lakers 107 Golden State Warriors 114.