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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Tips – Warriors Can Cover In NBA Opener

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Leigh Copson 18 Oct 2021
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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Tips


Golden State can take advantage of some LA Lakers teething problems on opening night. The new-look Lakers are going to need some time to gel so some early losses would not be surprising.

They do still boast a tough defense though, so this could be a close game that hits the Under.

  • Los Angeles Lakers brought in 10 new players in the offseason
  • The Under has hit in 6 of the last 7 meetings
  • Stephen Curry averaged 23.0 points per game vs Los Angeles Lakers last season
  • Stephen Curry averaged a career-high 32.0 points per game last season

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  • Los Angeles Lakers lead the all-time series 281-180
  • Los Angeles Lakers were 3-1 vs Golden State Warriors last season

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Golden State saw their 2020/21 season come at an end with a playoff defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers.

They come into the new season having gone a perfect 5-0 during preseason.

Two of those victories came against the Lakers – 121-114 on October 9 and 111-99 on October 13.

Stephen Curry has been red-hot in preseason, averaging 28.3 points per game across his three appearances.

Curry led the league last season in total points (2,015), points per game (32.0) and three point field goals (337).

The Warriors could soon be boosted by the return of Klay Thompson from a two-year battle with injuries.

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Injuries derailed the Los Angeles Lakers last season and they have no entered ‘win or bust’ mode.

The Lakers overhauled the roster in the offseason, bringing in 10 new players including Russell Westbrook.

LA’s new-look roster lost all six of their preseason games and while they may need time to gel, nobody in the camp will be too concerned with those losses.

LeBron James will get plenty more minutes in competitive duty than he did in preseason.

James led the team in points and assists last season, averaging 25.0 points and 7.8 assists per game.

The Lakers will be hoping that Anthony Davis can avoid more injury issues. He averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 total rebounds last season

Westbrook was in sensational form for Washington in 2021/21, racking up double doubles and triple doubles as he averaged 31.3 points, 11.5 total rebounds and 11.7 assists per game.

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Verdict

The Lakers are throwing everything at regaining the NBA crown this season and will be contenders.

They may not get off to a winning start though. LA will need some time to work out their rotations after a huge overhaul of the roster.

Golden State can take advantage of that on opening night.

Best Bet: Under 228.5 Total Points $1.90 at Ladbrokes Australia - 2 Units
Value Bet: Golden State +4.0 Spread $1.90 at Neds - 1 Unit
Player Points Bet: Stephen Curry -33.5 Player Points $1.86 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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