High-profile NBA franchises match up on Tuesday at Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Nets host the Los Angeles Lakers in a cross-conference showdown, with the Nets sporting a 29-17 record this season. The Lakers are 23-24 and 8-12 on the road, while Brooklyn is 12-11 at home in 2021-22. Anthony Davis (knee) is listed as probable for Los Angeles, with Kendrick Nunn (knee) ruled out. Kevin Durant (knee), Kyrie Irving (ineligible), Joe Harris (ankle) and Paul Millsap (personal) are out for the Nets, with Nicolas Claxton (hamstring) listed as questionable.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Brooklyn. Los Angeles is listed as the three-point road favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 226.5 in the latest Lakers vs. Nets odds. Before locking in any Nets vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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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 betting lines and trends for Nets vs. Lakers:
- Nets vs. Lakers spread: Lakers -3
- Nets vs. Lakers over-under: 226.5 points
- LAL: The Lakers are 9-11 against the spread in road games
- BKN: The Nets are 5-17-1 against the spread in home games
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Why the Lakers can cover
Los Angeles has strengths on both ends of the floor. The Lakers are in the top 10 of the NBA in field-goal percentage and 2-point percentage on offense, with top-five marks in free-throw attempts and fast-break points. Los Angeles averages 24.2 assists per game, with 47.7 points in the paint per contest. Brooklyn is No. 26 in the NBA in turnover creation on defense, with the No. 24 mark in free-throw attempts allowed.
On the other end, the Lakers are in the top 10 in turnovers created, steals, and blocked shots, with above-average 3-point defense. Brooklyn is just No. 27 in the NBA in 3-pointers per game and missing key pieces of the team’s offensive attack due to injury and unavailability.
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn’s offense is excellent, scoring 1.12 points per possession, and the Nets rank in the top five in shooting efficiency. Brooklyn is shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line, both of which rank in the top two. The Nets are very strong in generating assists, averaging 25.6 per game, and Brooklyn should benefit from a Lakers team that ranks in the bottom five in free-throw prevention and assist prevention on defense.
On the other end, opponents are shooting only 44.0 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from 3-point range against the Nets, and Brooklyn allows only 23.1 assists per game. Los Angeles is near the bottom of the NBA in ball security, committing 15.0 turnovers per game, and the Lakers are No. 28 in the league in free-throw accuracy this season.
How to make Lakers vs. Nets picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 227 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Nets vs. Lakers? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.