NBA Picks: Warriors vs Lakers NBA Odds – December 29, 2009: With Ron Artest out with a concussion, the defending champs have looked a little bit out of whack in their last couple of games. Looking to get back on track, the (24-6) Los Angeles Lakers [-12] return home to host of their most hated division rivals in the sports betting odds underdog (9-21) Golden State Warriors [+12].
These intrastate divisional rivals are set to tip it off at 10:40 PM ET (7:40 PM PT) live from the STAPLES Center ion Downtown Los Angeles, California. This NBA Picks game can be seen on CSN-BA and/or at FSW-LAL. For those of you interested in betting on the OVER/UNDER, SPORTSBOOK.com has it set at a combined total of 217½ points.
For the visiting Warriors, they are coming off their biggest win of the season. After rallying from an 18-point deficit, Golden State executed down the stretch and handed the Boston Celtics a surprising 103-99 defeat on Monday night.
On Saturday night, the Warriors defeated the Phoenix Suns. They’ll try to string together their first three-game win streak since last season. “It was a wonderful game for us,” Warriors head coach Don Nelson said. “Wins are hard to find anyway, especially against two quality teams in a row.”
For the Lake Show, they’re trying to avoid losing back-to-back home games for the first time since March of 2008. But to avoid this, the Lakers are going to have to shoot the rock much better than they did in Phoenix.
On Monday night in the desert, Los Angeles shot just 44% from the field, suffering an embarrassing 118-103 defeat. “I wasn't comfortable with my starters or my bench,” said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson.
With Lamar Odom starting in place of the injured Artest, the Lakers lacked energy on both ends of the floor. The former Defensive Player of the Year is expected to return to the lineup tonight. “It's a big adjustment because we're a team that thrives on chemistry,” said Lakers captain Kobe Bryant.
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