Lakers vs Warriors NBA Prediction, Pick and Preview 03/05/23

Lakers vs Warriors NBA Prediction, Pick and Preview 03/05/23

 

Odds

Time 3:30 p.m. EST
Warriors money line -238
Warriors spread -5.5 (-110)
Lakers money line +180
Lakers spread +5.5 (-110)
Over / under  

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Lakers
Record 34-30 30-34
Home / road record 7-23 15-15
Streak W5 L1
Points per game 118.00 116.00
Points allowed per game 117.00 117.00
Rebounds per game 42.00 44.00
Rebounds allowed per game 43.00 43.00
Over / under record 35-27-2 32-32
 

Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers will be hosting the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. EST at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Warriors have been in good form lately, winning their last five games, and they will be looking to make it six in a row with a victory over the Lakers. In contrast, the Lakers have been struggling with injuries and are without LeBron James and D'Angelo Russell, making their task much more challenging.

 

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have been playing well lately, winning five games in a row, and they will be looking to extend their winning streak with a victory over the Lakers. The Warriors are currently fifth in the Western Conference with a 34-30 record and are looking to secure a playoff spot.

The Warriors are a solid offensive team, averaging 112.7 points per game, which is 16th in the league. Their 3-point shooting has been exceptional, as they rank third in the league, shooting 38.4% from beyond the arc. Gary Payton II has been the team's best shooter from beyond the arc, shooting an impressive 52.9% from 3-point range.

Jordan Poole has been in excellent form lately, averaging 20.9 points and five assists over the last ten games. Klay Thompson has been a consistent scorer, averaging 21.6 points per game, but he has struggled with his shooting recently. Draymond Green has been the team's facilitator, averaging 8.4 assists per game, and he is also a solid defender, averaging 1.6 steals per game.

The Warriors' defense has been solid this season, allowing 112.1 points per game, which is 11th in the league. However, they will need to step up their defense against the Lakers' star-studded lineup.

 

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have been hit hard by injuries this season and are currently without their two best players, LeBron James and D'Angelo Russell. The Lakers have been struggling lately, winning just five of their last ten games, and they will be facing a tough task against the Warriors.

Offensively, the Lakers have been inconsistent this season, averaging 111.9 points per game, which is 18th in the league. Anthony Davis has been the team's leading scorer, averaging 22.6 points per game, but he has been struggling with his shooting, shooting just 27.3% from beyond the arc.

Kent Bazemore has been in good form lately, averaging 13.3 points per game over the last ten games. Andre Drummond has been solid on the boards, averaging 9.9 rebounds per game, but he has struggled with his shooting, shooting just 51.1% from the field.

The Lakers' defense has been solid this season, allowing 107.8 points per game, which is seventh in the league. However, they will need to step up their defense against the Warriors' potent offense.

In terms of individual matchups, the Lakers' Dennis Schroder will likely be tasked with guarding the Mavericks' Jordan Poole. Poole has been playing at a high level recently, averaging 21.8 points and 4.9 assists over the past 10 games. The Lakers will need to limit his scoring opportunities if they want to win this game.

Over the past 10 games, the Lakers have struggled to find consistency, posting a record of 4-6. While they have been scoring at a solid clip, averaging 117.2 points per game, they have also given up an average of 119.1 points to their opponents. This defensive inconsistency has been a major factor in their recent struggles. Anthony Davis has also been playing well recently, averaging 22.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game over the past 10 games. 

 

BETTING TRENDS

Golden State are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Golden State's last 6 games.

Golden State are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.

Golden State are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games against LA Lakers.

Golden State are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

Golden State are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers.

LA Lakers are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers' last 6 games.

LA Lakers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Lakers' last 7 games against Golden State.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers' last 5 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Warriors have been in excellent form lately, winning their last five games, and they have an outstanding 3-point shooting percentage, which will be challenging for the Lakers to defend. Additionally, Steph Curry is set to return after a nine-game absence, which is a significant boost for the Warriors. Curry is one of the best players in the league and is capable of taking over games single-handedly. His return will provide the Warriors with a much-needed offensive boost, and he will likely be looking to make up for lost time on the court.

 

On the other hand, the Lakers have struggled this season, and their injury woes have not helped matters. They are still without LeBron James and D'Angelo Russell, two of their best players, and their performance has suffered as a result. While they have managed to stay in contention, their inconsistency has cost them in games where they should have won.

The Lakers' lack of offensive firepower, coupled with their inability to defend against the Warriors' excellent 3-point shooting, puts them at a significant disadvantage in this game. While the Lakers' defense has been solid this season, they may struggle to contain the Warriors' offensive weapons, particularly with Curry back in the lineup.

Moreover, the Warriors have been playing with a lot of confidence lately, and their recent winning streak is a testament to their current form. Jordan Poole has been on fire, and his impressive form has been a massive factor in the team's recent success. The combination of Curry, Poole, and Thompson will be tough for the Lakers to contain, especially if the Warriors' supporting cast steps up as well.

In conclusion, we predict that the Golden State Warriors will win and cover the -5.5 points spread against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors are in excellent form, have an outstanding 3-point shooting percentage, and have the advantage of having Steph Curry back in the lineup. The Lakers' injury woes and lack of offensive firepower make it unlikely that they will be able to keep up with the Warriors' high-scoring offense.

 

PICK: Warriors -5.5 (-110)

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