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Warriors Heavy Favorites at Lakers on NBA Odds

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The Golden State Warriors will be looking to win eight games in a row for the second time this season when they visit the hobbled Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night as 10.5-point favorites on the NBA odds.

Golden State extended its current straight-up win streak to seven games with a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, but remains just a half-game up on second-place Denver in the Western Conference standings going into Monday night’s game at Staples Center.

The Warriors have regularly rocked opponents during their current tear, averaging 130.7 points per game while topping 140 points in three of their past five contests. Golden State has also rediscovered its form on the road since enduring a six-game SU slide in November, winning 10 of its last 11 games away from Oracle Arena.

Golden State’s high-scoring ways have fueled a 7-2 run for the OVER in totals betting, but the Warriors continue to be a shaky wager in NBA basketball betting, posting against the spread wins just four times during their current seven-game win streak while going 4-4 ATS over their past eight road contests.

Despite their narrow lead in the standings, and unsteady performance in NBA betting, the Warriors continue to dominate on the NBA futures, set as heavy -180 favorites to repeat as NBA champions this season.

The Warriors also hold a clear edge in recent meetings with the Lakers despite dropping a 127-101 decision on home hardwood in a Christmas Day clash. Golden State has claimed the win in 15 of 19 dates with Los Angeles since November 2013, including victories in the past three road meetings between the two teams.

Injured Lakers Underdogs on NBA Betting Lines

Los Angeles returns home following a costly 138-134 loss in Houston against the Rockets on Saturday. Lonzo Ball racked up a game-high 11 assists in the Lakers’ defeat as 7-point underdogs, but suffered an ankle injury that will keep him off the floor for the next 4-6 weeks.

The loss of Ball adds to the Lakers’ injury woes with veterans Rajon Rondo and LeBron James already in the clinic. James has been sidelined since suffering a groin injury in the team’s Christmas Day win over Golden State as 9-point road underdogs, but is reportedly close to a return to game action.

The Lakers have struggled without the four-time NBA MVP, going 5-8 SU including a 3-4 SU record at home, dumping the team into a desperate three-way race with the Clippers and Sacramento Kings for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But the recent disappointing play has yet to dramatically impact the Lakers’ position on the NBA championship odds, where they continue to sit at a solid +1800.

While the Lakers have averaged 136 points in two straight contests settled in overtime, they have otherwise engaged in low-scoring affairs. Los Angeles averaged fewer than 102 points per game in their previous eight outings while the UNDER has prevailed in 12 of their past 17 contests and eight of their past 10 home dates. In addition, the UNDER has regularly paid out when these two teams meet, going 9-4 over their past 13 clashes.

*Odds as of January 20, 2019

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