Basketball Betting Odds — Lakers Look to Extend Home Win Streak – to Two

The Los Angeles Lakers might be brimming with confidence right now after finally breaking a long home losing streak. So now they take a one-game home winning streak into a matchup against the Brooklyn Nets in Sunday’s basketball betting action that is scheduled to begin at 9:05 PM ET at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

In this contest it is the Nets who are trying to break a losing streak – that of an eleven-game drought against the Lakers.

Brooklyn is 25-28 straight up on the season, and has compiled a pointspread mark of 26-27. The Lakers, in beating Boston on Friday night, improved their record to 19-36 straight up, and they have been a pretty decent value against the NBA lines, checking in with a record of 29-24 versus the points.

In the basketball betting odds that are currently posted at Get That Bet, the Nets are the favorites on the road:

Basketball Betting Odds Courtesy of Get That Bet

Brooklyn Nets -2.5
Los Angeles Lakers +2.5

Over 207 points -110
Under 207 points -110

Kobe Bryant complained about the recent trade in which the Lakers dealt away backup point guard Steve Blake, who was one of his favorites on the club. But that trade has paid immediate dividends, as MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore combined for 29 points as the Lakers snapped an eight-game home losing streak with a 101-92 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. That losing streak was their longest since they had moved to the West Coast from Minneapolis in 1960, so there certainly was some significance attached to it.

Basketball bettors who have watched closely realize that Brooks is one player who has some upside. He actually began his career with the Nets, and has been with four different teams since last season – aside from Brooklyn (which was in New Jersey at the time), Brooks has also been with the Celtics, the Golden State Warriors and now the Lakers. Not only is there a new infusion of talent, some of the injured players are starting to come back for coach Mike D’Antoni. This team has recently witnessed the return of Jodie Meeks, Jordan Farmar and Pau Gasol, not to mention Steve Nash, who is admittedly an iffy proposition on a game-to-game basis (leg injury).

Now the Lakers expect that Nick Young will be in the lineup for Sunday night’s game. Young averages just under 17 points per contest, and he was a key figure for the Lakers back on November 27 when he scored 26 points in a 99-94 Laker win that took place over the Nets at they Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Lakers were just 2.5-point underdogs in the basketball betting lines, so you can imagine how much healthier they were at the time. With Young ready to go, Get That Bet customers know that a decision has to be made on the part of D’Antoni as to how much time to give Brooks and Bazemore. Could it be that there is actually an embarrassment of riches for this team that everyone had left for dead?

Brooklyn is not exactly taking momentum into this game. The Nets lost last night in Oakland, falling by a 93-86 score to the Warriors. They were ice cold from long-range in that contest, hitting just two of their 21 attempts from the three-point arc. It is generally going to be a dicey situation playing the back and of back-to-back games when you have veterans like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the lineup (playing center and power forward, respectively). That has shown, as Brooklyn has lost straight up in ten of their last 12 situations in playing the second half of consecutive nights (going just 5-7 against the basketball lines). That is certainly something for NBA bettors to consider when looking at a game in which a team like that is laying points on the road.

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