Nets vs. Lakers NBA Sunday Predictions: Can L.A. Survive Brooklyn Without Lebron James?

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LeBron James #6 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on from the bench during a game against the Sacramento Kings at Crypto.com Arena on November 11, 2022. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

The Brooklyn Nets will look to get back to .500 in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight after beating the Clippers on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Lakers will be without LeBron James. 

Can the Nets sneak in a road victory? Let’s see what the NBA odds tell us at the top sportsbooks!

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Sunday, November 13, 2022 – 09:30 PM EDT at Crypto.com Arena

The two teams with the most chaos inside their buildings will play in a game tonight. The Brooklyn Nets already fired head coach, Steve Nash, and named Jacque Vaughn in an interim role. Kyrie Irving is suspended, but the Nets are still one win away from getting back to .500. 

Meanwhile, the Lakers are 2-10 and will host the Nets in tonight’s matchup on NBA TV. The Lakers could be without LeBron James and potentially Anthony Davis as well. It’s likely Davis plays, and James doesn’t. 

Brooklyn’s Above-Average Offense

The Brooklyn Nets are led by Kevin Durant, who has scored 30.5 points per game. He’s held the Nets together, despite all of the drama. The Nets have scored 113.7 points per 100 possessions and have an effective field goal percentage of 55.2%. They’ve also turned the ball over 13.8% of the time and are getting to the line at an above-average rate of 21.2. 

The Nets aren’t going to dominate on the offensive glass. But they will get solid looks from the field and limit turnovers. The Lakers have allowed 113.1 points per 100 possessions with a 54% effective field goal percentage. Los Angeles is one of the worst teams forcing turnovers, but they’ll rebound well enough on the defensive glass.

The Lakers have also held teams to a 20.1 free throw rate, which isn’t average. Brooklyn’s second-leading scorer is currently Irving, but since Irving isn’t playing, it’s Nic Claxton, who has averaged 12.2 points per game. Durant doesn’t have much help around him, but players like Cam Thomas, Joe Harris, Patty Mills, and Ben Simmons could always step up and have solid games. 

The Lakers Have Struggled On Offense

The Lakers will likely be without LeBron James tonight. That makes things much worse, knowing that the Lakers are already scoring just 105.5 points per 100 possessions with an effective field goal percentage of 58%.

Los Angeles has done well enough limiting turnovers to 14.4% but, like the Nets, they aren’t significant threats on the offensive glass, earning 23.4% of offensive rebounds. The Lakers also earn a 19.7 free throw rate, which is bottom-10.

Meanwhile, the Nets have held teams to 110.8 points per 100 possessions and have also held teams to a 51.1% effective field goal percentage. That’s top-six in the NBA right now, and the turnover percentage is 16.1%.

Can the Nets Rebound, Though?

All of those stats are top-six in the NBA defensively. However, the Nets are dead last in defensive rebounding, allowing 32.4% of offensive rebounds this season. Brooklyn has also fouled at a heavy rate, with a defensive free-throw rate of 21.9.

But again, the Lakers will be without LeBron James, who had been averaging nearly 25 points per game. The offense is still getting 23.1 points per game from Anthony Davis. They’ve also brought in 16.5 points from Russell Westbrook per game and 15.7 points from Lonnie Walker IV.

However, that’s it! Those are the only players averaging double-figures for this terrible offense. We keep waiting for things to get better, but they’re not. It’s time we face the music and realize that this L.A. team cannot do much on the offensive end, even with big names like Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis.

Sunday Predictions

The Lakers have struggled offensively, earning just 105.5 points per 100 possessions with an effective field goal percentage trending below 50%. That’s rarely going to win you games. And that’s apparent knowing that the Lakers are just 2-10 on the season.

The Nets continue to play excellent defense and now don’t have any distractions regarding Irving. That’s mostly been set to the side, allowing Durant and the Nets to play basketball. The Nets are still a playoff contender and can be 7-7 with a win tonight.

Brooklyn is the better offense and the better defense analytically for our NBA picks tonight. The Nets are better without Kyrie right now and the Lakers are surely not going to improve without LeBron in the lineup.

Score Prediction: Nets 110, Lakers 98

NBA Pick: Under 218.5 (-110) at BetOnline

NBA Pick: Nets -4 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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