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'Old damn' Lakers face grueling schedule ahead

If you’re only as old as you feel, well, the Los Angeles Lakers are only slightly younger than the invention of the telephone. Just ask Kobe Bryant.

"You just saw an old damn team," Bryant told reporters after Tuesday’s 103-99 loss to Philly as 9-point favorites. "I don't know how else to put it to you. We're just slow. You saw a team over there that was just younger and just had fresher legs and just played with more energy, and we were just stuck in the mud.”

The Lakers are the fourth-oldest team in the NBA with an average age of just over 28 but four of their top six minute eaters are at least 32. It’s hardly an excuse when you look at the 21-10 New York Knicks, the oldest team in NBA history. But the ATS (against the spread) numbers show that L.A. is slightly worse on short periods of rest than it is when it has more than a day to recoup between games.

The Lakers are 9-13-1 ATS this season in the second game of back-to-back spots or games played on only one day of rest. They are slightly better at 4-4 ATS when they have at least two days off to prepare. 

It gets even worse when you look at the most recent games where L.A. is bleeding money on a 2-5-1 ATS skid in the second game of back-to-back or single-day rest situations.

The Lakers are getting caught in transition when they can’t get offensive rebounds and, as Kobe pointed out, the team needs to “figure out what we want to do on nights when we don't have those legs or have that energy."

If they can’t figure it out, Lakers bettors may find themselves a little shy on the trigger over the next little while. The Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers on two-days of rest Friday, but after that they go a stretch of seven games where they won’t see more than a day of rest between any of those contests. 

To make matters tougher, the next seven games are against teams they lost to in the previous meeting and they play back-to-back roadies against Houston and San Antonio on Jan. 8 and 9.

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Posted by mylife23
1 year ago

what angle? that the Lakers don't cover huge spreads at home because everyone and their mother is on them? Spare me and your posts the-profit
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Posted by ScottLandau
1 year ago

These numbers are statistically insignificant due to the small sample size. Only a novice gambler would conclude he will make money by now riding the Lakers on 2+ days rest and fading them on 0-1 days rest.
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Posted by the-profit
1 year ago

The article is so we can get an angle for gambling purposes. Don't be such a dumb behind. Great Article.
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Posted by mylife23
1 year ago

who cares about the Lakers...don't give them any more attention than that diva franchise already gets from the media....ya they may be old in NBA speak but Kobe Bryant will just keep shooting win the scoring title and hopefully nothing else.....nobody cares about the Lakers...nobody should care
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Posted by mylife23
1 year ago

"what angle? that the Lakers don't cover huge spreads at home because everyone and their mother is on them? Spare me and your posts the-profit"