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Lakers Nets Betting Predictions – Howard, Lakers In Brooklyn Tuesday To Face Lopez, Nets

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/3/2013 5:49:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers can’t afford to let many more slip away if they want to male the playoffs. With a trip to play the Brooklyn Nets this Tuesday, avoiding a loss won’t be easy. Dwight Howard and the Lakers will clash with the sports betting team he nearly was traded to before talks between the Nets and Orlando Magic reached a stalemate last year. Brooklyn may have inadvertently benefited from the inability to get a deal done though, as Brook Lopez leads all centers with a team-high 18.6 points per game and the Nets are challenging for one of the top four spots in the Eastern Conference standings while Howard has been in and out of the Los Angeles lineup with a sprained shoulder.

Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets
Tuesday February 5, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Sportsbook Line: Brooklyn – 2.5

Lopez has been a force at both ends of the floor this season, along with a couple of the other potential trade pieces in Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks. In hindsight, the Magic would have definitely benefited from making the potential move with the Nets, but instead missed out on an All-Star caliber center that is among the most underrated in the NBA right now as well as a couple of other smaller parts.

NBA Betting Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

Just when it seemed as though the Lakers had figured things out, they drop a couple of winnable games and Howard starts experiencing issues with his shoulder again. Howard has averaged 16.5 points and a team-high 11.9 rebounds this season despite dealing with lingering injuries, and he played his best basketball during a three-game win streak that ended with a loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. The NBA’s leading scorer Kobe Bryant has thrived as a facilitator of late while Pau Gasol has stepped up his game, but in the middle of seven-straight on the road Los Angeles needs Howard to be at his best.

NBA Betting Preview: Brooklyn Nets

Howard will see a lot of Lopez in this online sportsbook contest, as well as Reggie Evans. Brooklyn rank just 18th in rebounding this season and it hasn’t been an area of strength, so that is something that will have to be better against the Lakers in particular. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Gerald Wallace give the Nets a plethora of scoring options behind Lopez, but it’s their defense that has been the biggest difference since PJ Carlesimo took over for Avery Johnson as head coach, as Brooklyn ranks fifth in the NBA in points allowed this season.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

If the Nets can take care of business on the boards and limit what Howard can do, they have enough offense that they should be able to clinch the win at home. The Lakers have been wildly inconsistent all year and while they have shown signs of their potential when at full strength and clicking, losses to teams like the Suns are just another reminder this team isn’t ready just yet.

NBA Betting Pick: Brooklyn Nets

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