The top of the Eastern Conference standings has suddenly opened up with the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers falling out of first place, and the third-seeded Washington Wizards will look to close the gap on the wine and gold tonight when they face-off against the Los Angeles Lakers in Tinsel Town. Sportsbooks opened the Lakers as 9-point home underdogs with a total of 222.
– Shark Bites
- The Wizards are 6-15 SU in their last 21 games on the road against the Lakers.
- The Lakers are 1-10 SU in their last 11 games at home.
- The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against teams with winning records.
Washington has a 10-5 SU record in March and is opening a pivotal five-game road trip vs the Lakers. The Wizards’ best player, John Wall, has spearheaded the charge by averaging 24.2 points and 10.5 assists in the month. Shooting guard Bradley Beal has reached double-digits in 31 consecutive games and scored 20 or more points 12 times in March.
L.A. is simply going through the motions at this point, as the Lakers and their 21-52 SU record are clearly focusing on next year with a month remaining in the season. One bright spot for the Lakeshow has been the performance of D’Angelo Russell, as the Ohio State product has topped the 20-point mark four times this month after getting moved from point guard to shooting guard.
Backup shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic is expected to suit up for the Wizards tonight. The 27-year-old sat out in the Wizards’ last game – a 127-115 win over Cleveland – with a back injury.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Los Angeles Lakers opened as 9-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 222 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.
Odds – Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 117-106 victory for the Wizards. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Lakers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Los Angeles Lakers sit at 21-52 (31-40-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Washington Wizards are currently 45-28 (38-34-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Los Angeles is 41-32 OU and Washington is 45-27-1 OU. This season the Los Angeles Lakers are 21-52 overall and 31-40-2 ATS against the number, while the Washington Wizards are 45-28 and 38-34-1 ATS. As for the totals, Los Angeles is 41-32 on the OU, and Washington is 45-27-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Washington injuries news.
According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds – Shark, it’s the No. 29-rated Los Angeles Lakers and the No. 9-rated Wizards in this NBA basketball matchup.
The game also pits Los Angeles’s No. 17-ranked offense averaging 104.64 PPG, against a Washington Wizards defense that ranks No. 22 at 106.84 PPG. The Los Angeles Lakers field goal percentage has averaged 44.77% so far, less than the Washington Wizards shooters have achieved on the year, 47.4% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Wizards got a 37-point performance from John Wall as Washington handed Cleveland a 127-115 defeat on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Los Angeles got 22 points from D’Angelo Russell but lost anyway 97-81 against the Trail Blazers on Sunday at STAPLES Center.
- Washington is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
- Washington is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington’s last 14 games
- Washington is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- LA Lakers is 4-12-1 ATS in its last 17 games
- LA Lakers is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of LA Lakers’s last 10 games
- LA Lakers is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Washington at Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 29th
Los Angeles at Minnesota, Thursday, March 30th