The San Antonio Spurs will host the Los Angeles Lakers in the back end of a home-and-home set Friday evening from the AT&T Center. The Lakers recorded a 121-113 home win over the Spurs on Wednesday night. The Spurs notched a 143-142 overtime road win in the first meeting this season.
James Leads Lakers to Fourth Straight Win
The red-hot Los Angeles Lakers will be aiming for their fifth consecutive victory in this contest. They came through with another strong offensive performance in Wednesday’s 121-113 home win against the Spurs. The Lakers were able to sink 47.7% of their field goals, including a 14 for 39 performance from beyond the arc. Lakers’ leading scorer LeBron James was tremendous, accumulating 42 points on 15 for 24 shooting. The 33-year old star has now posted at least a 52% clip from the field in four straight games, and he is up to 28.4 points on 52.5% shooting. James is averaging a stellar 27.5 points in 30 career games against the Spurs.
Kyle Kuzma is locked in right now, collecting a combined 45 points in his last two games. The 23-year old power forward had his best game of the season in the Lakers loss to the Spurs in October with 37 points. Kuzma stands second in team scoring with 16.8 PPG paired with 5.5 RPG.
The Lakers are playing their best basketball of the season, and they stand at 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. Brandon Ingram (15.2 PPG) is questionable for this one with an ankle injury. L.A. possesses a 5-5 road record on the season, and they are currently averaging 113.1 points, good for ninth in the NBA. They are conceding an average 111.1 points, pegging them 16th overall.
Spurs Fall to Lakers
The San Antonio Spurs will attempt to avenge Wednesday’s 121-113 road loss to the Lakers in this one. The Spurs only shot 44.8% from the field in the loss, and they went a poor 7 for 27 from beyond the arc. Spurs’ leading scorer DeMar DeRozan resumed his productive play with 32 points on 12 for 27 shooting in the defeat. The 29-year old shooting guard has surpassed 30 points in two out of his last three games, and he is averaging 24.3 points and 5.9 assists per game. DeRozan also scored 32 points in the Spurs win over the Lakers in October.
LaMarcus Aldridge is playing well, shooting at least 50% in three straight games which included 21 points on 7 for 14 shooting in Wednesday’s loss. The 12-year veteran power forward has scored at least 20 points in three out of his last four games, and he is averaging 18.3 PPG and 10.1 RPG.
The Spurs haven’t been able to find a rhythm this season, and they hold a 3-7 record in their last 10 games. San Antonio owns a 7-4 home record, and they are currently averaging 109.4 points, ranking them 16th in the NBA. The Spurs defense is struggling this season, and they are now allowing an average of 113.7 points, pegging them 24th overall.
The San Antonio Spurs are:
- 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the Western Conference.
- 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on one day of rest.
The Los Angeles Lakers are:
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the Western Conference.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 100 points in their previous game