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Nets vs. Lakers odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, April 10 predictions from model on 93-59 roll

Injuries have taken the luster off what otherwise loomed as a potential NBA Finals matchup when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. James Harden (hamstring) will not be in the lineup for the Nets (36-16) while the Lakers (32-20) will be without their top two scorers in LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (calf) in the fifth stop of their seven-game road trip. Brooklyn is 22-4 over the past two months, including an 11-point win at Los Angeles on Feb. 18.

Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET in Brooklyn. William Hill Sportsbook lists Brooklyn as a 10.5-point favorite while the over-under for total points scored is 222.5 in the Lakers vs. Nets odds. Before making any Lakers vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it has returned almost $8,900 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up almost $900 on its top-rated picks this season, and dating back to last year, it entered Week 16 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on a stunning 93-59 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Lakers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Lakers vs. Nets:

  • Lakers vs. Nets spread: Nets -10.5
  • Lakers vs. Nets over-under: 222.5 points
  • Lakers vs. Nets money line: Brooklyn -700, Los Angeles +500
  • LAL: F Kyle Kuzma (calf) is expected to miss his second straight game
  • BKN: The Nets are a perfect 8-0 against the Pacific Division

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Why the Lakers can cover

Recently acquired Andre Drummond returned from a three-game absence after injuring his toe in his Los Angeles debut and provided a boost inside with 15 points and 12 rebounds at Miami on Thursday. It marked the second game action since Feb. 12 for Drummond, who averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds for Cleveland before reaching a buyout agreement with the team. Drummond faced Brooklyn twice this season as a member of the Cavaliers, averaging 16.0 points and 11.5 boards.

With James and Davis on the shelf, the Lakers are desperate for offense and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope delivered against the Heat, scoring a season-high 28 points and hitting 6 of 11 3-pointers. Third-leading scorer Dennis Schroder (15.1 points per game), who missed the first meeting against Brooklyn, had his third double-double with 10 points and a season-high 14 assists vs. Miami. Los Angeles is No. 2 in the NBA in scoring defense at 105.8 points per game.

Why the Nets can cover

Star forward Kevin Durant returned to the lineup in a reserve role following a 23-game absence due to a hamstring injury and showed no signs of rust. He hit all five shots from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in only 19 minutes in a rout of New Orleans on Wednesday. Durant adds more firepower to a team that already leads the NBA in scoring at 119.0 points per game.

Guard Kyrie Irving has scored at least 24 points in eight of his last nine games even though he has been struggle somewhat with his long-range shooting. After going 7 of 30 from distance over a five-game stretch, he hit 9 of 18 3-pointers over the past two games. Irving, the Nets’ second-leading scorer at 27.9 points, has taken on more of the distributor role since Harden’s injury and is averaging 9.6 assists over his last five games.

How to make Lakers vs. Nets picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 219 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Lakers vs. Nets? And which side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is on a 93-59 roll on NBA picks.



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