The Wizards are 8-2 in their last ten, losing their most recent game to the Spurs. The Lakers are 4-6 in their last ten, but Anthony Davis has returned to the lineup.
The visiting Lakers are 1½-point favorites, with betting lines for over/under set at 229 points.
Los Angeles Lakers: Davis Trending Up
The Lakers are currently in fifth place in the Western Conference, winners of their most recent game.
Los Angeles took down Orlando on Monday, 114-103. It was a balanced team win, with six players scoring in double digits.
The biggest news out of Los Angeles has been the return of Anthony Davis from a two-month absence.
Davis had his best game against Orlando since returning in 31 minutes and seems to be adjusting to life back in on the court.
The Lakers sustained success this season sans Davis, and LeBron James has been their defense, tops in the NBA.
Lakers games are typically low-scoring thanks to that defense, a so-so offense, and a slow pace of play.
On offense, the Lakers prefer to do their scoring inside, ranked ninth at points in the paint. Dennis Schroder has paced the team in scoring, averaging 15.7 points and 5.8 assists per game.
Recent acquisition Andre Drummond has been averaging a double-double in the 11 games he’s played as a Laker.
Los Angeles is 16-14-1 against the spread on the road and a league-worst 24-37 against over/unders overall.
Washington Wizards: Streak Way Into Playoff Mix
The Wizards lost to the Spurs in overtime on Monday, snapping an eight-game winning streak. Bradley Beal had a monster game, finishing with 45 points. Russell Westbrook chipped in his signature triple-double: 22 points-14 assists-13 rebounds.
Washington now finds themselves in tenth place in the East, right at the edge of the play-in tournament and one game ahead of Chicago.
Washington will need to prove their recent winning streak was no fluke and continue winning if they want a chance at a postseason.
When studying points per game, effective field goal percentage, and efficiency, the Wizards are a bottom-ten team on both sides of the ball. 20th on offense and 23rd on defense, their calling card has been the slashing style of their guards and an offense fifth in the pace of play.
Beal and Westbrook have been the leaders of this team in most major categories, fueling an inside-scoring offense that’s sixth in points near the rim.
Beal is averaging 31.4 points per game on 49/35/90% shooting splits. Westbrook is averaging a triple-double this year: 21.8 ppg, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
The Washington defense is a bit weaker defending the outside shot, 21st in opponents’ three-point percentage.
The Wizards are 16-16 ATS at home and 30-31 against over/unders overall.
Pick: The Wiz are Hot
My online betting pick is the hot-hand, the Washington Wizards. This team is streaking at the right time and match up better than you’d think against Los Angeles.
As we mentioned, the Wizards get to the rim on offense. LA ranks 18th in the NBA defending near the hoop – an ideal matchup for Beal and Westbrook.
The Lakers’ offense ranks 21st in the league and is ill-equipped to take advantage of this Washington defense.