Los Angeles Lakers (18-12) vs Brooklyn Nets (13-18) Live | NBA Basketball on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Barclays Center
The Brooklyn Nets have knocked off two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference during their recent surge. They will now take aim at one of the West’s better squads when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
The Nets have followed up an eight-game slide with a season-high five-game winning streak and they’re averaging 122.8 points along the way while knocking off Toronto and Philadelphia. “I think just our commitment for wanting to see each other do better,” guard D’Angelo Russell told reporters after scoring 32 points and handing out seven of the team’s season high-tying 34 assists in 144-127 win over Atlanta on Sunday. “As I said, everybody is aggressive at the time but still wanting to make that extra pass for the next guy, still having your teammates’ back on the defensive end, that rotation. We’re making those plays.” The Lakers are 1-2 on their four-game road trip following a 128-110 loss at Washington on Sunday. LeBron James was held to a season-low 13 points and Los Angeles gave up 71 first-half points while falling to 7-8 on the road.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles), YES (Brooklyn)
Angeles Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets: Odds
Line: Brooklyn Nets +2 — Over/Under 228
Angeles Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets: News
THE LAKERS (18-12):
James shot 5-for-16 and teamed with his fellow starters to make only two of their joint 18 3-point shots in a sluggish effort at Washington. “We’re a team that’s built on energy and depth,” James told reporters. “We didn’t have either tonight.” Seemingly contrary to James’ assessment was the play of a bench that shot 63.9 percent and received a season high of 25 points and five assists from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
THE NETS (13-18):
Brooklyn’s recent eight-game losing streak included several close losses and late-game malfunctions, but such issues seemingly kicked to the curb by a club displaying more of a killer instinct. “Our aggressiveness to close the game was different. I felt a different vibe. I can’t describe it,” coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters after the offensive onslaught against the Hawks. “In the past, teams — I don’t care who it was, whether it was a great team or average team — we just let them back in the game. I just felt there was a conviction, a spirit on the bench [the Hawks] wasn’t going to come back. I hope that’s going to continue.” Russell, the former Laker, has scored at least 26 points in five of his last eight home games.
Angeles Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets: Betting
- Lakers PF Kyle Kuzma is averaging 22.9 points on 52.2 percent shooting in December.
- Nets rookie SF Rodions Kurucs is averaging 13 points and six rebounds in two consecutive starts after 12 games coming off the bench.
- Los Angeles took both meetings last season, including a 102-99 triumph at Brooklyn on Feb. 2.
Angeles Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets: Prediction
Nets 119, Lakers 117