Wizards vs. Lakers: Free NBA Picks and Predictions
All of four teams from the NBA are in action on Friday following the league went black on Thanksgiving. The most recent game on the program is Wizards at Lakers, and NBA TV gets the nationwide telecast.
1 storyline that is clear this is Wizards All-Star shield Bradley Beal. There were rumors summer that the Lakers needed to trade for him and the thinking was that Washington will be available to a deal out considering the team was in mode since Beal might force his way and with no John Wall that season.
Then in October, Beal signed a yearlong expansion worth nearly $72 million back in a shocker so he’s not moving anywhere, and it’ll keep Beal. The expansion kicks in for the 2021-22 season. Guy the Lakers could have been loaded adding him to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, although for showing some loyalty kudos into Beal.
That is Washington’s only trip of the season into the Lakers. L.A. is 3-7 in the past 10 meetings overall but contributes the all time series at Staples Center 12-7. Over the previous 30 years, the Lakers have lost only six season series to Washington in 2016-17.
It is the third game of quite tough four-game trip out West for Washington, by facing the Clippers in this same building and it finishes. Washington lost by 13 on Tuesday in Denver but bounced back with a 140-132 victory in Phoenix on Wednesday.
Beal was excellent with 35 points on shooting. In November, he is averaging 29.2 points, 6.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and shooting 49.8 percent from the field. There are several shooting guards in the NBA.
Washington was a bit better than expected because men like Davis Bertans, Isaiah Thomas and Thomas Bryant are currently playing in addition to newcomer Rui Hachimura and Beal.
Bryant had 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists vs. Phoenix. He had been a 2017 pick whom anyone could have had. Bertans had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists . He had been the previous three seasons with the Spurs. Bertans is might be an exceptional trade processor and in a dying contract.
Thomas is never again going to be the guy who averaged 28.9 points in 2016-17 together using Boston but has proven himself a legitimate NBA contributor in averaging 12.0 points and 5.3 assists per game. The Wizards are without two reserves in swingman CJ Miles and centre Ian Mahinmi.
The Lakers seem unstoppable right now and are the title favorites at SBR sportsbooks. In 16-2, the Lakers are off into the team’s best start since going 17-2 to kick off the 2008-09 campaign.
They gained a ninth straight game Wednesday, 114-110 in Davis’ return. Davis was amped up as he had 41 points and a slip of a Jrue Holiday inbounds pass with five minutes left despite being booed. Davis hit on the. He’d injure his knee throughout the match but returned and it didn’t seem to be an issue. Davis already is currently dealing with a sore shoulder.
Incidentally, those 41 points were the most scored by any player in his first match against a team. Who keeps track of this stuff? When he played with Oklahoma City the very first time since leaving the mark had been 39 by Kevin Durant with Golden State at 2016.
LeBron had to leave temporarily after knocking on knees with Josh Hart in the first half. The guy is returned, although james limped for a little finishing with 29 points, 11 assists and five rebounds. Davis (26.1 ppg) and James (25.8) are one of 3 pairs of NBA teammates averaging 25+ points that year. Kyle Kuzma had nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Lakers erase a 10-point deficit.
Search, the Lakers aren’t losing this game but it certainly sets up for a close telephone that is potential and Washington cover. Wednesday was emotional for Davis and the Lakers were pushed to the limit. In addition, AD (honestly wouldn’t shock me if he got Friday off) and LeBron are a bit banged up. Washington is ATS on the street.
Free NBA Pick: Wizards +12 (-110) at BetOnline