At 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, November 13 Arena in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers (2-10, 2-5 at home) will play host to the Brooklyn Nets (6-7, 3-3 on the road). This matchup will feature two teams who have gotten off to sluggish starts to the 2022-2023 NBA season. Continue reading for a breakdown of the Nets and Lakers matchup, which will be broadcast nationwide on NBA TV.
The Brooklyn Nets came into the game having defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 110-95 on Saturday in Los Angeles. Coming into Sunday, the Nets had a record of 5-5 over their previous 10 contests and were tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Lakers have a losing record of 2-8 in their past 10 games and are tied for last place in the Western Conference as they head into Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. On Friday, the Lakers were defeated by the Sacramento Kings in a game played in Los Angeles by a score of 120-114.
Odds for Nets vs Lakers
|Brooklyn Nets||-3 (-112)||-146||Over 227 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Lakers||+3 (-108)||+124||Under 227 (-110)|
Odds as of Nov. 13th from OKBET Sportsbook.
The Nets are -146 road favorites in the contest on Sunday, and the game’s total is 227. The Lakes are a three-point underdog at home and have a line of +124.
Nets and Lakers have sluggish starts
This early in the season, both the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers have been all over the news, and the primary reason for this is the fact that both teams have struggled mightily throughout the course of the first dozen or so games of the season. Along with the turmoil surrounding Kyrie Irving’s suspension and Kevin Durant‘s persistent unhappiness in Brooklyn, the Nets have already gone through a change in head coaching. This comes on the heels of the drama.
The Lakers have had a terrible start to the season and are now riding a five-game losing skid, which calls into question what the franchise intends to do with the roster moving ahead and raises the possibility that they may blow things up in order to put more of their attention on the future.
In addition, injuries and absences have been a problem for both clubs thus far in this season, which has contributed to their poor beginnings. Anthony Davis is still dealing with back troubles after returning to the lineup, while the Lakers were without LeBron James for Friday’s game due to an adductor injury that has been categorized as day-to-day.
The Nets will not have Irving available for Sunday’s game due to his suspension, so they will be playing shorthanded once again despite the fact that they are competing on the second night of consecutive games.
Los Angeles and Brooklyn will play each other twice this season, with the second and final game taking place on January 30 in Brooklyn. The Lakers and Nets split their two-game season series last year, with each of the visiting clubs triumphing.
Pick and Prediction for Nets vs Lakers
This Sunday’s matchup between a struggling Los Angeles club on a five-game losing run and a shorthanded Brooklyn team on the second night of a back-to-back is shaping up to be an intriguing one.
Given that the Lakers are 26th in the NBA in terms of points per game (108.3) and the Nets are 19th, the game might also be low-scoring (110.6).
Brooklyn is 4-1 in its previous five games without Irving in the lineup, despite the Nets being shorthanded and losing Irving again again. Brooklyn is used to overcoming the challenge of a back-to-back as it has a 1-2 record in back-to-backs this season. These patterns are expected to continue on Sunday when the Nets go to face a Lakers squad that is now experiencing a complete lack of luck.
In terms of betting on Sunday’s game, it’s important to keep in mind that Brooklyn is around at.500 against the spread and Los Angeles has been the worst team in the NBA against the spread thus far this season.
Choose the under on the game total of 227 for the best wager of the evening. Both teams have below-average offenses, with Los Angeles currently having one of the worst offenses in the league and Brooklyn playing the second night of a back-to-back. There shouldn’t be more than 227 points scored in this game.
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