Preseason title favorites Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets will collide this Saturday at Barclay Center. The Lakers are the underdogs in this game, but can the defending champions pull off a win despite missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis? Or will the Nets get the Lakers an L? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets NBA Regular Season Game on April 10, 2021
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
When: Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Los Angeles Lakers (odds)
Regular Season Record: 32-19
The Lakers edged the Toronto Raptors last Tuesday on the road for a 110-101 win. The Lakers have been inconsistent lately, having alternated wins and losses in their last four games. They are also 4-2 straight up in their last six contests. The Lakers, who will play the Miami Heat in South Beach this Thursday, are finding ways to keep their heads above water while LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both sidelined with injuries. Stepping up for the Lakers are Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroder, the team’s prized acquisitions in the offseason. Over the last 10 games, Harrell has averaged 16.9 points and 7.7 rebounds, while Schroder has pumped out 16.8 points and 7.0 assists during that span. It’s the Lakers’ defense that’s been keeping this team afloat, though. The Lakers have allowed just 100.8 points in their last five games – third-best in the NBA in that stretch.
The Lakers are 6-3-1 against the spread in their last 10 road games against the Nets.
Betting on the Brooklyn Nets (odds)
Regular Season Record: 36-16
The Nets are fine. Even though James Harden is out for multiple games, the Nets still have Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who just returned from a long absence due to injury. In his first game back, Durant scored 17 points coming off the bench in Brooklyn’s 139-111 win at home over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. Durant can return to the starting unit as soon as this Saturday against the Lakers, though the Nets can afford to limit his minutes, especially with Irving playing so well. Irving, who had 24 points in the Pelicans game, has averaged 29.3 points on 49.3 percent shooting from the field and 40.9 percent from deep over the last three Brooklyn contests. With the Lakers not having Davis in the middle, LaMarcus Aldridge can get off another nice game. Aldridge had 22 points in 23 minutes against New Orleans.
The over is 2-0 in the Nets’ last two games at home.
The Nets win, 120-110.
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