Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors - 10/18/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Golden State Warriors (0-0) vs Los Angeles Lakers (0-0)

Game Info: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Chase Center)

Betting Odds: Golden State Warriors -6.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Chase Center. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost each of their last 5 regular season openers. The Golden State Warriors have lost 4 of their last 6 regular season openers.

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a 33-win season and enter the first year under coach Darvin Ham. The Lakers return their veteran trio of Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, the Lakers’ success comes down to their depth and role players. A healthy Kendrick Nunn gives the Lakers a scoring punch, while Patrick Beverley provides defense and an attitude the Lakers missed a year ago. Dennis Schröder coming back after a one-year hiatus should make the Lakers better as well. The star power gets all the attention for the Lakers, but it takes a team effort to survive in the west. The Lakers need other players outside of their big three to step up if this season will be different.

The Golden State Warriors return the nucleus that led them to a fifth NBA title since the 2014-15 season. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green are the players who will be asked to do the heavy lifting yet again. Jordan Poole hopes to build on his breakout season, while the health of James Wiseman would only make Golden State that much scarier. The addition of Donte DiVincenzo is key off the bench, as he was a productive player in Milwaukee when healthy. Gary Payton II and Otto Porter are the two players the Warriors lost who will be missed, but the Warriors should be fine with their returning production. The league is better than it was a few months ago, but there’s no reason why the Warriors shouldn’t be able to make another run at a championship.

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The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 9-4 in Lakers last 13 overall. The under is 4-1 in Warriors last 5 overall. The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Golden State. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

I'd love to know the status of Dennis Schroder and Westbrook before betting this contest, but I lean toward the Lakers and the points nonetheless. Ring night for championship teams has been an issue at times, as the celebration throws guys off their rhythm. Heck, the Warriors have lost 4 of their last 6 openers. The Los Angeles Lakers also have a fresh LeBron and AD for once, and that has to count for something. Also, the return of Nunn and the addition of Beverley gives the Lakers more scoring and a bit of an attitude. Not saying the Lakers win or if they'll even be good this season, but I think they're a bit undervalued in this spot. 

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers +6.5

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