Friday night offers a huge 12-game betting board in the NBA, highlighted by the Lakers visiting the Warriors at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN
Friday night offers a huge 12-game betting board in the NBA, highlighted by the Lakers visiting the Warriors at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN. Golden State has lost nine straight games in the head-to-head series, but that didn't stop oddsmakers from installing the hosts as 5-point favorites.
The Golden State Warriors like to use a smaller lineup to their advantage, but it hasn't worked over the last two seasons against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors look to end their nine-game losing streak to the Lakers when the Pacific Division rivals meet Friday for the second time in six days.
Golden State (12-10) has not beaten Los Angeles since a 126-99 win on April 18, 2005, in the final week of that season. The Warriors have also lost 14 of the last 15 meetings between the teams.
That futility continued in a 123-113 loss at Los Angeles on Sunday. The Lakers (13-8) placed seven players in double figures and after the game, everybody had a theory as to why Los Angeles is currently dominating the series.
Kobe Bryant is averaging 35 points during the winning streak over Golden State, but the Warriors thought they lost Sunday for more reasons than just his performance. In fact, the Lakers got a big effort from Andrew Bynum. The 20-year-old center matched a career high with 20 points and also had 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.
One factor favoring Golden State on Friday is the venue. The Warriors have won three straight and six of seven in Oakland as they enter their final contest before a five-game road trip.
The Warriors, though, are looking to bounce back from a 105-95 loss at Portland on Wednesday. They played without third-leading scorer Monta Ellis, who missed his first game with a thigh injury and will be a game-time decision Friday.
Without Ellis, the Warriors were held to their second-lowest point total of the season. Golden State is second in the NBA with 109.0 points per game, while Los Angeles is fourth at 106.9.
The Lakers are seeking their first five-game winning streak since March 16-25, after taking advantage of a short-handed San Antonio club for a 102-97 victory on Thursday. The defending NBA champion Spurs played without Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
Bryant scored 30 points, reaching that plateau for the first time in seven games. Bynum, who finished with six points and 11 boards, was ejected in the third quarter after picking up two technicals.
With Golden State averaging 109.0 PPG and Los Angeles scoring 106.9, oddsmakers expect a high-scoring affair. As such, they've opened the total at a lofty 228-points. Sixteen of the last 20 games between these teams in the Bay Area have gone OVER the total, so don't get caught trying to test that high number.
With the Lakers boasting a 7-1 ATS record in '07 versus up-tempo teams averaging 83 or more shots/game, plus getting points here, the majority of the money coming in figures to be on their side.
Tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 PM ET on ESPN.
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