The Lakers should have won going away last night, but that’s just not the Laker way now is it? Instead the Lakers held off a late-game flurry from the Wolves to earn the 120-117 victory, going “over” the total but not covering the -4.5 handicap. They don’t have much time to enjoy the victory with the next game coming up tonight against the Bucks in Milwaukee.
The Lakers have been a dubious proposition in back to back games all season, never having swept both nights all year. With a shortened rotation that led to the starters logging 35+ minutes last night, the Lakers will surely be in for a test tonight. The Lakers have gone “under” in 9 of the 12 times they’ve been placed in this back to back predicament, shooting poorly in many of those games. Moreover, the Lakers shot exceptionally well last night going 10 for 22 from the 3-point line. That level of shooting efficiency most likely won’t continue.
On the other side, the Bucks played big minutes last night as well because of Frank Boylan’s decision to bench Brandon Jennings for a significant portion of the game. Rarely showing any restraint, the Bucks are primarily a jump shooting team with Jennings, Ellis, Redick, and Dunleavy frequently hoisting 3s throughout the game. That looks to hold up tonight as the Lakers bigs prefer to play in the paint instead of chasing guards outside.
Add it all up, and this game has the makings of going under.
Play: Under 209
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