Lakers vs. Warriors NBA Best Bets: LeBron and Curry Face Off on Opening Night

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LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after scoring against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on October 19, 2021. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

With so much drama surrounding the Warriors and Lakers, who will win the first regular season matchup between these two teams? We’ve got you covered for Tuesday’s Opening Night in the NBA. 

Let’s see what the NBA odds tell us at the top sportsbooks!

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – 10:00 PM EDT at Chase Center

The NBA season is about to begin. On Tuesday, TNT will feature a double header in the NBA, with the 76ers and Celtics getting the first game and the Lakers and Warriors playing in the second.

We’ll talk about the Lakers and Warriors here. Golden State will be looking to defend its title after winning the NBA Championship last year. It’s unknown if Draymond Green will end up playing in this game. But with the return of James Wiseman, the Warriors should still be very good defensively, even without Green for the time being.

On the other hand, the Lakers should be a difficult out this year. They’ve been toying around with potentially adding Russell Westbrook to the bench to play with the second team. The Lakers can’t continue to waste LeBron James’ years. James will soon retire and has struggled to succeed with the Lakers over the last couple of seasons.

Here’s what we can expect for Tuesday’s matchup between the Lakers and Warriors.

Can Warriors Start the Season Strong?

Last season, the Warriors shot an effective field goal percentage of 55.3%. They turned the ball over 15.2% of the time, which was way too much. But Golden State could score 112.8 points per 100 possession, which wasn’t too bad.

The Warriors were average on the offensive glass, earning 25.7% of chances, and only had a free throw rate of 18.1, which was 23rd in the NBA.

The Warriors will likely have the same starting five as last year, with:

  • Steph Curry
  • Klay Thompson
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Draymond Green
  • Kevon Looney

It’s unclear if Green will be disciplined with minutes at this time. James Wiseman could also start instead of Looney. But I’m going to believe that Looney will still start over Wiseman.

What About Golden State's Bench?

Golden State will have Jordan Poole coming off the bench along with:

  • Donte DiVincenzo
  • Moses Moody
  • Ande Iguodala
  • Jonathan Kuminga
  • JaMychal Green
  • Ty Jerome

Maybe we even get some Patrick Baldwin, the talented rookie the Warriors drafted.

What About Golden State's Defense?

Meanwhile, on defense, the Warriors really showcased themselves last season. Golden State allowed 107.6 points per 100 possessions and allowed a 51.3% effective field goal percentage. The Warriors earned turnovers close to 15% of the time and allowed offensive rebounds 25.3% of the time.

Although the Warriors rarely got to the line themselves, they rarely fouled teams to the line. 

What Can We Expect from the Lakers?

The Lakers could move Russell Westbrook to the bench to play with the second team. L.A. has a lot of decisions to make but doesn’t have much time.

The Lakers will have a healthy LeBron James and Anthony Davis heading into the start of the season. That’s big news. We’ll see the Lakers in the playoffs if those two stay away from the infirmary.

The Lakers also made some excellent new additions:

  • Dennis Schröder
  • Pat Beverley
  • Lonnie Walker
  • Thomas Bryant

Schroder could be absent for the first game with an injury.

What About L.A.'s Bench?

The Lakers aren’t insanely deep, but James has a way of getting the best out of the lower-tier players on the roster.

Los Angeles scored just 110.7 points per 100 possessions last season while shooting a 53.9% effective field goal percentage. The Lakers also turned the ball over 14.3% of the time and earned 24.3% of offensive rebounds.

Los Angeles also rarely got to the line, finishing last year with a 19.1 free throw rate.

What About L.A.'s Defense?

Meanwhile, defensively, the Lakers allowed 114.3 points per 100 possessions and gave up a 54.5% effective field goal percentage. The Lakers' average turnover rate and allowed 26.8% of offensive rebounds. Opposing teams were also average at getting to the foul line against the Lakers.

It’s a new season for Los Angeles. The roster looks a lot better than it did last year. The main thing is that this team will need to stay healthy. If they can do that, a better season is on the horizon.

Lakers vs. Warriors Best Bets

It’s the start of the regular season. The Lakers are healthy, and while there’s undoubtedly some drama with Russell Westbrook and the Lakers, there’s even more with Draymond Green and the Warriors.

For my first couple of NBA picks of the season, I’ll take the Lakers +6, on the road. The Lakers have the talent to compete. Anthony Davis should ball out this season so I’ll also dabble in a prop bet for opening night.

NBA Pick: Lakers +6 (-110) at BetOnline

NBA Pick: Anthony Davis Over 21.5 Points (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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