|Written by Michael|
With a win, the Spurs would take a 3-1 season series advantage into the playoffs, which would be a tremendous confidence boost. As well, they would hand Los Angeles their sixth straight loss, which would be the team's worst losing streak in years. The Spurs also need the win to get some revenge against the Lakers for the pounding they took from LA in the last game.
But the Lakers will be looking to shift their late season momentum back to winning games. From being 17-1 since the All-Star Break, Los Angeles has quickly fallen. Just a week and a half ago, experts were talking about the Lakers as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Now, those same basketball observers are wondering if they can maintain a hold on the second seed.
Both of these elite Western Conference teams have experienced some adversity as of late. With the temporary loss of center Tim Duncan and others to injury, the Spurs lost six in a row before turning it around. Now, they are getting some wins against mediocre teams from around the league, but at least they are starting to win again.
The Lakers, on the other hand, seem to have fallen apart this late in the season. They were an inconsistent team even before the All-Star Break, but then seemed to find another gear. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to an impressive run before the wheels came off. If they can win their last couple games of the season and overcome the Spurs, it will mean a lot to the team, evening the season series at 2-2.
The sportsbook lists the Lakers as the 7 point favorites. The total is set at 194.