Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors: Predictions, Starting Lineups (2/22/24)

The Los Angeles Lakers (30-26) face the Golden State Warriors (27-26) this Thursday (2/22/24). Get Lakers vs. Warriors moneyline and spread odds, as well as predictions, starting lineups, injuries, and key matchups below.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction

For the prop to cash, there must be at least two made threes by the time the game clock strikes 8:59 in the first quarter.

Golden State’s offense revolves around the arc, and they subsequently rank fifth in three-point attempt rate. Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter ever, and he currently owns a 42.1 3PT% on 12 attempts per game. Rookie Brandin Podziemski has produced a 38.5 3PT% this season, while Andrew Wiggins has shot a 40 3PT% over his past 20 games. Plus, Jonathan Kuminga and Draymond Green are both capable of knocking down shots from deep.

They face a Lakers defense that surrenders the most wide open three-point attempts per game. Golden State will be eager to exploit this too considering Anthony Davis lurks in the paint – he ranks 12th in rim points saved per 75 possessions via Basketball Index. Overall, look for Golden State to unleash a barrage of three-pointers in this matchup, so they could cash the prop by themselves.

On the other end, D’Angelo Russell, Taurean Prince, and Rui Hachimura are all clearing 39 percent from three, while Reaves owns a respectable 36.5 percent mark. Although Los Angeles does not feature a three-point heavy offense, their starting five possesses the shooters to produce an efficient night. Finally, Los Angeles meets a Golden State defense that gives up the eighth most wide open three-point attempts per game.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Best Odds

The Warriors are 5.5 point favorites because LeBron James is out with an ankle injury. Golden State is 7-14 against the spread as home favorites, while Los Angeles is 10-8 against the spread as away underdogs. For the Lakers’ +194 moneyline to be profitable in the long run, they need to win here at least 34 percent of the time.

Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup

PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Austin Reaves
SF: Taurean Prince
PF: Rui Hachimura
C: Anthony Davis

Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Brandin Podziemski
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Jonathan Kuminga
C: Draymond Green

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Injuries

LeBron James, Jarred Vanderbilt, Gabe Vincent, and Christian Wood are sidelined, while Cam Reddish and Max Christie may also miss the contest. Meanwhile, Golden State will lack Chris Paul and potentially Gary Payton II.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors Key Matchups

Draymond Green’s Defense

Because Anthony Davis has a significant size advantage and is Los Angeles’ best offensive weapon in the lineup, the Lakers could feed him early. That’s catastrophic to the prop because Davis does not take threes. Therefore, Draymond Green must be a nuisance on the defensive end and force Davis to pass often. If Green puts on a defensive show tonight, then the prop has an excellent chance of cashing.

Braxton has been covering the NBA for Lineups since the 2022 season. He's worked with multiple collegiate coaching staffs regarding analytics and scouting, which has allowed him to understand the game on a deeper level. Braxton is also a contributor at Thunderous Intentions.

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