Lakers vs. Wizards NBA Point Spread Pick from Teddy Covers: February 2nd 2017
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Washington Wizards
NBA Point Spread Pick: Washington -11 (February 2nd 2017)
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Throughout their 15-0 SU, 14-1 ATS run at home over the past eight weeks, the Wizards have been an under-the-radar moneymaker. And there’s absolutely no reason to jump off this profit train until we’ve seen legitimate evidence that the markets have caught up with Washington’s improved play. So far, the markets haven’t made the appropriate adjustments…..
Washington wasn’t very good in November, opening the season with eight losses in their first ten games. They weren’t much better in their next ten games, going 5-5 SU, including losses to the likes of Orlando and Miami. On the heels of last year’s disappointing campaign, that was all the betting markets needed to see – Washington’s power rating was set in near bottom feeder range, a below average NBA team.
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The results don’t lie. Since that 7-13 SU & ATS start, Washington is 21-7 SU, 22-6 ATS – the best SU record in the East and the best pointspread record in the league. The Wizards don’t get many national TV games, they’re not a well-respected franchise after decades of futility, and the betting markets, quite frankly, have been sleeping on the Wizards throughout this impressive turnaround.
Now rested and ready (the Wizards are 3-7 SU on the second night of back-to-backs, lacking depth, but 25-13 SU in their other 38 games), I’m expecting another strong effort from the Wizards tonight
These are the quotes of a ‘bet-on’ team. Bradley Beal: “We’re a totally different team. In every way.
Our confidence, our swag as a team. Everything is a lot better.” More Beal: “I think the joy that we have, the fun that we have is amazing. It’s positive in there and we want nothing but the best for one another. There is great camaraderie, and we just take it all on the floor.”
Head coach Scott Brooks: “That means we’re doing something good the last two months. Guys are playing well. We’re very confident, but we’re not overconfident. We understand that we’ve got to keep plugging along and playing for each other.” I have NO hesitation continuing to ride the best moneymaker in the league.
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The Lakers are likely to be playing without Julius Randle(pneumonia) again tonight. And LA is the opposite of Washington in one key regard. The Lakers opened up the season 10-10 in their first twenty games, setting the baseline betting market power rating for this team a good notch or two too high. Since that time, they are 7-24; every bit the bottom feeder they were last year.
LA is coming off a rare win, knocking off the Nuggets on Tuesday. Following their last 11 SU victories, LA is 1-10 SU, 3-8 ATS in their next game, consistently letting down off a strong performance. I’m not expecting max effort or execution from this last place team as they open their East Coast road trip tonight. Take the Wizards.