Nash expected to play vs. Warriors, Lakers now faves

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping the return of veteran point guard Steve Nash will be just what the doctor ordered after a bumpy start to the season.

Nash, who was acquired by the Lakers this offseason, will return to action against the Golden State Warriors tonight.  Oddsmakers opened the Lakers as 1-point road underdogs but the line has swung to Los Angeles -1.5.

Nash was targeting a Christmas Day return and told the media that he didn't expect to play Saturday. However, a source told ESPN that Nash will suit up at Golden State.

Nash has been sidelined since the second game of the season with a small fracture in his fibula. In that time, Los Angeles has gone 12-12 SU and 10-15-1 ATS. In his limited action for the Lakers, the two-time MVP averaged 4.5 points and four assists in just over 50 total minutes. Compounding the injury was the loss of backup PG Steven Blake, who is sidelined with a torn abdominal muscle until mid January.

Los Angeles takes a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s road game against Golden State. The Lakers are 1-1-1 ATS in those contests.

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