Without Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t have quite enough to get past Houston on Tuesday. It won’t be any easier when they make the short Texas trip onwards to San Antonio tonight.
The Lakers are mired in a four game losing streak and from starting the season as second favourites for the title, they’re now facing a major battle just to make the play-offs with a 15-19 record. Gasol might return by next week but it’s going to take an unprecedented turnaround to right this ship.
Miracles, however, can happen – like when lowly New Orleans beat the Spurs on Monday, but San Antonio are still 8-2 over their last ten games and winners of their last ten games at home. They’re favoured at -13.5 on the handicap at 1.91 but its worth noting that the Lakers, despite all their struggles, have only lost once by more than 13 all season.
Minnesota head to Oklahoma City without Kevin Love although Ricky Rubio was able to return as the Timberwolves upset Atlanta on Tuesday. The young Spaniard is likely to play on back to back nights for the first time since returning from his ACL injury. The Thunder are 17-3 at home but they’re coming off a shock loss at Washington, and the T-Wolves, underdogs by +12 on the handicap, are one of those teams who aren’t prone to being blown out too often.
The Los Angeles Clippers are still half a game ahead of OKC in the race for the NBA’s best record and it’s hard to see them not maintaining their lead when they host Dallas. The Mavericks are in freefall with one win in ten and even the gradual restoration of Dirk Nowitzki doing little to raise their spirits. With the Clippers on a franchise record of 12 straight victories in LA, they’re at -10 on the handicap, available at 1.91. But there’s better value in going over the total points line of 200.5 for two offensive teams.
Bet of the Day: Take the Lakers on the handicap against the Spurs at 1.91.