Looking at the betting trends, the Spurs are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 3-0-1 ATS in their last four against the Western Conference and 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine games overall.
After Randle almost turned it over, Ball picked up the basketball and forced up a desperation shot that was well short. Undoubtedly, the poisonous Timofey Mozgov contract helped Russell pack his bags. Lonzo Ball's Lakers are reportedly primed to sign two max-level free agents in July. Averaging less than 10 points led to some questioning the lanky forward, but as the current season has proved, it was only a matter of time. Julius Randle led the way for the Lakers with 23 points and 15 rebounds. What coach has LeBron tweeted about most recently? "They rushed us, we tried to keep up with their pace and play at the same pace that they were". He played 27 minutes in his return, but LaVar was displeased with Walton's substitution patterns. Ball played the controversy down but didn't defend his coach. Nevertheless, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that this could be Walton's last season on the job. Brandon Ingram benefited the most at 26 points. Three of those first four starts were ugly, non-competitive affairs. However, spurred by Ball and Ingram, Los Angeles led by 11 at halftime.
Against Atlanta on Sunday, the second attempt at the same starting lineup displayed improvement.
However, there was no statement or comment from the Lakers organization following LaVar Ball's comments made while in Lithuania, where his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo are playing.
Lakers: Ball had his ninth career double-double. And I will drive you there, get you on the plane and get you seated.' He laughed, (and) I said, 'But short of that, I'm your best buddy, because you're here for another year, and you ain't going nowhere. He finished with five points. The two players complement each other, as Randle's outside shot is not his strong suit.
It is no secret that Ball creates more opportunities for his teammates. However, this season Ingram has improved in all three shooting categories.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are coming off an impressive three-game winning streak. A Lakers blog wrote, "Mitch Kupchak understood when it was time to make an appearance, even if it was to merely say nothing". However, Laker rookie Kyle Kuzma spoke on the issue and called the controversial statements against Walton "white noise".
In Tuesday's win over Sacramento, Randle and the Lakers' starters outscored their Kings' counterparts 76-43.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) lies on the court after being fouled during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Toronto.
If he continues to develop at this rate, Ingram looks set to be the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise.