Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers - 12/25/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers - 12/25/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers (16-17) vs Brooklyn Nets (21-9)

Game Info: Saturday, December 25, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Staples Center)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Lakers -1 -- Over/Under: 223.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers meet Christmas Day in NBA action at the Arena. The Brooklyn Nets look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Lakers look to snap a four-game losing streak.

The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 109.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 29.7 points and 5.9 assists, while James Harden is averaging 20.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge is the third double-digit scorer and Patty Mills is grabbing 2 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.

The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 109.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 44.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.8 points and 6.7 rebounds, while Anthony Davis is averaging 23.3 points and 9.9 rebounds. Russell Westbrook is the third double-digit scorer and Carmelo Anthony is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.

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The Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Nets last 7 Saturday games. The under is 7-2 in Lakers last 9 overall. The Nets are 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Brooklyn Nets will have James Harden and Paul Millsap for this contest, but I'm not sure if that's enough. The Nets haven't played in a week, they haven't been able to practice as a team, and they're going to be without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge, among others. The Los Angeles Lakers have their own issues going on, and their loss to the Spurs on Thursday was extremely concerning. However, the Lakers have far and away more NBA players available. If the Lakers can't win this game at home, throw them in rice. This is the last chance for the Lakers to prove they can turn this thing around. 

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers -1

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