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NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 5, 2013

NBA Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets

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    Kobe Bryant has averaged just 16.5 points in his last four games, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks Feb. 5, as the Los Angeles Lakers (22-26) take on the Brooklyn Nets (28-19) at the Barclays Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are 3.5-point road underdogs in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total is 195 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this nonconference affair from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction on the total along the way.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers have won five of their last six games, including a 98-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons as three-point road favorites last Sunday.

    Sports bettors will find that the Lakers are 0-5 against the spread as road underdogs of 3.5 to six points this season, with the OVER cashing in all five of those contests.

Brooklyn Nets

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    The Brooklyn Nets have compiled a solid 18-8 home record this season, which includes a 93-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls as five-point home favorites last on Feb. 1.

    Sports bettors will find that the favorite is 0-4 against the spread in the last four meetings in this series, while the UNDER is on a 6-0-1 run when these two teams meet up.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks Feb 5., as the OVER is 10-4 in the Nets last 14 games when playing on three or more days rest, while the Lakers have gone above the number in 10 of their last 12 road games versus a team with a winning home record.

    NBA Pick: Over 195

     

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