The Brooklyn Nets vie for their 10th consecutive win at home when they host the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. The Nets (36-16) are jockeying with the Philadelphia 76ers for the best record in the Eastern Conference despite having their Big Three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden in the lineup for only seven games together. Brooklyn can complete a two-game season sweep of Los Angeles (32-20), which is missing injured superstars LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (calf). Harden (hamstring) is out for this matchup.
Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET in Brooklyn. William Hill Sportsbook lists Brooklyn as a 10.5-point favorite while the over-under for total points scored is 221.5 in the Nets vs. Lakers odds. Before finalizing any Lakers vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Lakers vs. Nets spread: Nets -10.5
- Lakers vs. Nets over-under: 221.5 points
- Lakers vs. Nets money line: Brooklyn -650, Los Angeles +475
- LAL: F Kyle Kuzma (calf) is expected to miss his second straight game
- BKN: The Nets are a perfect 8-0 against the Pacific Division
Why the Lakers can cover
Recently acquired Andre Drummond returned from a three-game absence after injuring his toe in his Los Angeles debut and provided a boost inside with 15 points and 12 rebounds at Miami on Thursday. It marked the second game action since Feb. 12 for Drummond, who averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds for Cleveland before reaching a buyout agreement with the team. Drummond faced Brooklyn twice this season as a member of the Cavaliers, averaging 16.0 points and 11.5 boards.
With James and Davis on the shelf, the Lakers are desperate for offense and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope delivered against the Heat, scoring a season-high 28 points and hitting 6 of 11 3-pointers. Third-leading scorer Dennis Schroder (15.1 points per game), who missed the first meeting against Brooklyn, had his third double-double with 10 points and a season-high 14 assists vs. Miami. Los Angeles is No. 2 in the NBA in scoring defense at 105.8 points per game.
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn has been sensational at home even with Durant sidelined nearly two months, hammering New Orleans 139-111 on Wednesday to run its winning streak to nine at Barclays Center and improve to 22-6 there. The Nets have the league's No. 1 scoring offense, and Durant's return to the lineup coincided with a 79-point first-half eruption on Wednesday. Durant came off the bench for the second time in his career and was one of seven players in double figures.
While Durant and Kyrie Irving average 56.1 points, Brooklyn's lineup has been bolstered by its recent additions. LaMarcus Aldridge had his best game for the Nets since agreeing to a buyout with San Antonio, starting at center and scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes Wednesday. Forward Blake Griffin continues to supply consistent offense off the bench, scoring in double figures in three straight and four of the past five games.
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