The Golden State Warriors (50-29) host the Los Angeles Lakers (31-48) in a Western Conference matchup on Thursday night. These teams have gone completely different directions this season. Los Angeles is on a seven-game losing streak and has been eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, Golden State has won two straight and is currently the No. 3 seed in the West. Steph Curry (foot) remains out for Golden State, while the Lakers have ruled out Anthony Davis (foot), LeBron James (ankle) and Russell Westbrook (shoulder).
Tipoff is at 10 p.m. ET at Chase Center. Caesars Sportsbook lists Golden State as the 14-point favorite in the latest Lakers vs. Warriors odds. The over-under for total points is set at 219, down five points from the opening line. Before locking in any Warriors vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Warriors vs. Lakers, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Lakers vs. Warriors:
- Lakers vs. Warriors spread: Golden State -14
- Lakers vs. Warriors over-under: 219 points
- Lakers vs. Warriors money line: Los Angeles +700, Golden State -1100
- GS: Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win
- LAL: Over is 10-2 in Lakers’ last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
Why the Warriors can cover
Golden State has more to play for and still has plenty of talent on the floor, even without Curry. Forward Andrew Wiggins is a long, athletic wing for Golden State. Wiggins can create his own shot on drives and from the outside. The Kansas product has taken a jump this season, shooting a career-best 39 percent from downtown. Wiggins averages 17.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He also plays solid defense on the perimeter. In his last game, he finished with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Forward Draymond Green impacts the game more than the stat line indicates. Green is a triple-double threat who brings great intensity on the floor. The three-time NBA Champion is also one of the best defenders in the league. Green is a bruiser who wears opposing players down. The Michigan State product averages 7.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and seven assists per game. On April 2, Green had 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Why the Lakers can cover
Some younger players will have a chance to step up in this one. Guard Malik Monk provides Los Angeles with a smooth scoring option. Monk can create instant offense with his soft shooting touch or his superb athleticism. The Kentucky product has tremendous leaping ability and slams down sensational dunks. Monk logs 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. On March 29, he dropped 28 points, four rebounds and went 6-for-10 from three.
Guard Austin Reaves provides Los Angeles with a fluid ball-handler who can create his own shot. Reaves also is a gritty defender who plays hard all game long. The Oklahoma product had a solid game in his last outing, logging 18 points, four rebounds and six assists. Guard Talen Horton-Tucker is another contributor off the bench. Horton-Tucker can set his teammates up but get his own bucket. On March 31, he had 11 points, two assists and two steals.
How to make Lakers vs. Warriors picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 220 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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