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NBA Picks: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers

by Alexander Banks on Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The best game of the night in any sport might be in Los Angeles on Thursday as Kobe Bryant and the Lakers host the World Champion San Antonio Spurs.  The Lakers have been off for three straight days while the Spurs are coming off a loss on Tuesday against Golden State.  The Spurs lost 96-84 against the Warriors and again were without center Tim Duncan who is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game.  SBG Global reports that early NBA Betting has the public taking Lakers at Home . 

NBA Betting Preview
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers
Thursday, 10:35 pm Eastern – TNT

SBG Global Opening Line: Lakers  -5  , Total 197

Thursday’s game is a rematch of an earlier meeting this season at San Antonio that the Spurs won 107-92.  “We were graciously defeated at their place earlier in the season.” Head coach Phil Jackson said.  He said that the Lakers must take better care of the ball on Thursday.  Kobe has said that Thursday’s game will be a good gauge as to how far the Lakers have come since their first meeting with the Spurs. 

SBG Global Current Line: Lakers  -5  , Total 197 

Here are the NBA Betting stats for Thursday’s game.  The Spurs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Spurs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Western Conference. The Spurs are 22-7-2 ATS in their last 31 games playing on 1 day of rest. The Spurs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the two teams. 

The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. 

The Over is 4-1 in the Spurs last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest. The Under is 6-2 in the Spurs last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Under is 5-2-1 in the Spurs last 8 Thursday games. 

The Over is 4-1 in the Lakers last 5 vs. the Western Conference. The Over is 19-7 in the Lakers last 26 Thursday games. The Over is 5-2 in the Lakers last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings in Los Angeles between the two teams.
 

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