Sunday afternoon's showdown will feature two teams desperately wanting to prove something to themselves.
The San Antonio Spurs are looking for their fifth win in 13 games after their third loss to the Mavericks in as many tries. Beyond showcasing the glaring hole the Spurs have at center without Jakob Poeltl, the loss showed the Spurs' defense still needs a lot of work.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely be fired up after suffering an embarrassing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves -- one in which they were outscored 40-12 in the third quarter. The effort led to the Staples Center crowd booing them early in the fourth quarter, which should lead to a much more inspired effort against San Antonio.
San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick
The latest odds from WynnBet have the Spurs as 2.5 point underdogs against the Lakers. Currently, San Antonio is at -110 to cover.
Los Angeles Lakers : -150
San Antonio Spurs: +130
The over/under for the matchup is 219. The Spurs are averaging 109.9 points per game while the Lakers are averaging 110.
San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction
As I said before, both of these teams are desperate for a bounce-back win. While expectations for their seasons are very different, there's still plenty to play for while they both look to tread water without crucial pieces.
It's become clear in the early season that Jakob Poeltl is the second-most consistent player in Silver and Black so far, and that probably won't change unless Derrick White can wake up offensively. Because of his absence, I find it hard to pick in favor of the Spurs, who have a slim margin for error to win games even with a full roster.
Lakers 111 , Spurs 103
What channel is the San Antonio Spurs game on?
Friday's game will air on Bally Sports Southwest in San Antonio and Spectrum SportsNet in LA. Tip off is set for 3:30 pm ET.
How to watch San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers Live Stream
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San Antonio Spurs Next Games and Schedule
The Spurs stay in LA for a showdown with the Clippers before traveling to Minnesota before returning home.
Nov. 16 @ LA Clippers
Nov. 18 @ Minnesota
Nov. 22 vs Phoenix