A cross-conference battle has the Los Angeles Lakers (23-27) and the Brooklyn Nets (30-19) squaring off on Monday evening. This is the second game of a five-game road trip for Los Angeles, and on Saturday, the Lakers fell to the Boston Celtics 125-121 in overtime. Brooklyn is looking to finish this three-game home stand with a victory as the Nets beat the New York Knicks 122-115 on Jan. 28. Forwards Anthony Davis (foot) and LeBron James (ankle) are out for Los Angeles. Kevin Durant (knee) is sidelined for Brooklyn, while Ben Simmons (knee) is questionable and T.J. Warren (shin) is doubtful.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Nets as an 8.5-point favorite in the latest Nets vs. Lakers odds. The over/under for total points is set at 230. Before making any Lakers vs. Nets picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Nets 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 Nets vs. Lakers:
- Lakers vs. Nets spread: Brooklyn -8.5
- Lakers vs. Nets Over-Under: 230 points
- Lakers vs. Nets money line: Brooklyn -420, Los Angeles +320
- LAL: Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games
- BK: Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Lakers vs. Nets picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Nets can cover
Guard Seth Curry is a marksman from the perimeter with a smooth release who can score off the dribble or as a catch-and-shoot option. The Duke product logs 10.9 points, shoots 43.8% from beyond the arc and has scored at least 16 points in four of his last seven games. On Jan. 25, Curry racked up 32 points, four assists, and went 7-of-10 from downtown.
Forward Royce O'Neale is a solid 3-and-D player on the wings for Brooklyn. O'Neale has good size and length that helps him as a defender and finisher near the rim. The Baylor product is putting up 9.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4 assists per contest. In his last outing, he finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and knocked down four 3-pointers.
Why the Lakers can cover
Guard Russell Westbrook is an energetic and athletic presence off the bench. Westbrook likes to play downhill and push the tempo as the UCLA product scans the floor quickly to create his own shot or find a teammate. The 34-year-old averages 15.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game. On Jan. 20, he notched 29 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
Center Thomas Bryant has a high motor and utilizes his length to be an impactful force down low. Bryant has a good feel for scoring in the lane with a soft touch around the basket. The Indiana product puts up 12.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and shoots 64% from the field. In the Jan. 24 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Bryant finished with 15 points and seven boards.
How to make Lakers vs. Nets picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 241 points. The model also says one side hits almost 70% of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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