The 9-14 LA Lakers will travel on a back to back as they will face the 3-16 Washington Wizards in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Washington is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided the NBA League Pass Channel.
The NBA odds from this game has the road team LA Lakers favored by -5 ½ points with an over under line of 201 points. When the odds opened up a few hours ago the Lakers were favored by -5 ½ points with the total at 200 points. There has been no movement on the side and a 1 point move on the over.
The teams met once during the lockout shortened season last year and it was the Wizards with the 106-101 home win against the Lakers as a +7 point underdog. The game went over 193 ½ points.
The Lakers have lost four straight and six of their past seven games as they get beat by the New York Knicks last night 116-107 as a +5 ½ point underdog. The game flew over 206 points. The loss sent the Lakers to 2-8 straight up on the road this season. It was ugly early as the club fell behind 41-27 in the first period in the loss and the deficit was too much to make up. When I look at this LA Lakers team tonight they seem to take way too many jump shots that lead to fast break opportunities for the opponents. You have to be concerned about Kobe Bryant in this back to back situation as he logged in 44 minutes last night. It was the fourth straight game for Kobe to play 40 or more minutes in a game.
The Wizards are a dreadful team and they are 2-7 on their home court this season. They have lost three of their past four games and come off the 99-93 road defeat at Houston on Wednesday night as a +10 ½ point underdog. Washington has scored 97 or less points in seven of their past eight games. The Wizards are 30th in the NBA in scoring offense and field goal percentage with 90 points a game average and 40.7% shooting. They continue to be without John Wall for an extended period of time and Trevor Ariza is out until late December with a calf injury.