NBA Betting Preview: Spurs at Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers logoThe Los Angeles Lakers will try to break their five-game losing streak when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night (10:35 p.m. ET, TNT).

The Lakers (55-25 SU, 37-43 ATS) were rolling along after the All-Star break and looked like defending champions going 17-1. But in the last week or so, the wheels have come off as Los Angeles has lost five straight both straight up and against the spread.

The Lakers will try to get some confidence heading into the NBA playoffs against the best team in the West, the San Antonio Spurs.

Despite the losing streak, the Lakers are listed as 7-point home favorites at and the total is set at 194. On the moneyline, the Lakers are -300 and the Spurs are +250.

The Spurs (61-19 SU, 44-34-2 ATS) have clinched the top seed in the Western Conference and are ahead of Chicago for the top overall record in the league. The Spurs have won four straight (3-1 ATS) and at the same time they have also been able to rest players for the playoffs.

San Antonio has been excellent on the road this season having gone 25-14 straight up and 25-13-1 against the spread.

As a result of their present slump, the Lakers are in danger of losing the second seed in the Western Conference to either Dallas (56-25 SU) or Oklahoma City (55-25 SU). With only two games left on the schedule, this game is suddenly very important for the Lakers.

The Spurs have beaten the Lakers in both meetings this season. They won 89-88 on a last second shot at Los Angeles back in February as 3-point dogs, and they blew out the Lakers 99-83 last month in San Antonio as 3-point favorites.

Here are some key NBA betting stats for Tuesday’s game:

The Spurs are 7-2 ATS in their last nine vs. the Pacific. The Spurs are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Tuesday games.

The Lakers are 6-0 ATS in their last six vs. the Southwest. The Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games. The Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last five vs. the Western Conference.

In this series, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

The over is 4-1 in the Spurs’ last five road games. The over is 23-8 in the Spurs’ last 31 overall.

The under is 5-1 in the Lakers’ last six overall. The under is 4-1 in the Lakers’ last five vs. the Southwest.

In this series, the under is 7-0 in the last seven meetings in Los Angeles.

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