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Lakers vs. Warriors Latest Odds, Predictions and Picks (January 18, 2021)

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview and Odds

At the onset of the season, the Lakers were overwhelming NBA betting favorites to repeat as champions.  Many gamblers balked at the futures odds price on Los Angeles.  Other gamblers pointed out that the Lakers would only get more expensive as the season progressed.  That analysis is looking prescient.  Owing to the dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lake Show is thriving.  Coach Frank Vogel continues to get a full buy-in on the defensive end of the court.  Stephen Curry’s return means a potential playoff berth for Golden State.  But a championship is out of the question.

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Information

Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV Coverage: TNT

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Odds

Warriors +8½ (-110) 226 (-110) +325
Lakers -8½ (-110) 226 (-110) -400
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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers CashBet Wagering Analysis

In this situation, the Lakers will command a majority of the online sportsbook handle.  Squares want nothing to do with the Warriors.

Curry Can’t Cover for Warriors Lack of Defense  

So far, the Warriors have been inconsistent betting on NBA product.  Golden State is 6-6 straight up, 5-7 against the spread, and 4-8 under the total.  Under the total has paid in seven of their last nine games.  Golden State is fourth in the Pacific Division.  Overall, the Warriors rank 15th for scoring offense but 26th for points allowed.  Team weaknesses include a rank of 26th for field goal percentage.  Golden State ranks an abysmal 28th for defensive rebounding.

Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 28.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game.  Correlate his 20 or more points in three of his last four games.  The problem is that Curry has no viable partner anymore.

Lakers Flash Complete Look

Late on, the Lakers have paid in four of their last five games.  Three of their last four stayed under the pro basketball betting total.  Los Angeles is 11-3 straight up, 8-6 against the spread, and 4-10 under the total.  NBA metrics show the Lakers ranked 7th for scoring offense and 2nd for points allowed.  Los Angeles has flashed numerous strengths in the early going.  To illustrate, LA ranks 4th for 3-point field goal percentage.  And 3rd for offensive rebounding.  The Lakers rank 4th at defending opposition 3-point field goals.  Los Angeles ranks 5th for defensive rebounding.  First place in the Pacific Division belongs to the Lakers.

Naturally, LeBron James leads the Lakers with 24.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game.  LeBron has scored 21 or more points in four of his last five games.  Unsung hero Anthony Davis is averaging 21.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers Against the Spread

To summarize, the Warriors are 36-41 against the spread.  On the road, Golden State is 18-18 vs. the odds.  Against the Pacific Division, the Warriors are 7-9 on the board.

Accordingly, Golden State is 34-43 under the total.  As road dogs, the Warriors are 15-19 to the under.  Golden State is 4-12 under the number against the Pacific Division.

Overall, the Lakers are 55-49-2 against the spread.  As home chalk, Los Angeles is 20-17-1 on the board.  And in Pacific Division matchups, LA is 6-8 vs. the odds.

Los Angeles is 47-59 under the total in all games.  As a home favorite, the Lakers are 16-22 to the under.  Specifically, in Pacific Division games, LA is 5-9 under the total.

Late on, the Lakers have covered four of their last seven against Golden State. Five of those seven games stayed under the total.   At Los Angeles, the Warriors are 2-3 ATS.  Three of those five tilts cleared the total.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers CashBet Free Pick  

As was previously noted, the Lakers own this NBA gambling series.  Golden State’s defense makes them unreliable.  Los Angeles will be expensive but is the better choice.

Warriors at Lakers CashBet Best Bet: 

Los Angeles Lakers


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