The Lakers' Brandon Ingram, left, drives past the Spurs' Pau Gasol during the first half of Thursday's game at Staples Center.
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. Especially if Lonzo Ball figures out how to shoot. The Spurs have also had to overcome injury concerns as their superstar, Kawhi Leonard, has been sidelined almost all season. Throughout the night, he was matched to defend Gasol, an integral member of the franchise's last two championships.
"We've done most of those things all season", he said. "He's still a handful".
"They were very physical - much more physical than we were", Popovich said. But it's promising that these young Lakers are showing signs of getting it together.More news: United Nations says Trump slur on 's…hole' countries is 'racist'
San Antonio hit a slump on offense for the first four minutes of the second quarter.
"He's a grown man", the Lakers point guard said of his father's comments. Two-time National Basketball Association champion Gasol made clever passes which resulted in points. Caldwell-Pope made the correct play and found Nance on an alley-oop, but the pass was behind the forward. Aldridge scored eight points and Ingram secured nine in the period.
It's tough to deny LaVar Ball's marketing skills, but it doesn't appear he's at a similar level when it comes to recruiting.
In the case of Luke Walton, that argument tends to come from frustration stemming from the young core still not quite where we all want them to be. Ingram and Caldwell-Pope edged the score up with a three-pointer each.
On the morning of the game against the Hawks, Walton and his rookie point guard were forced to answer several questions about whether he still has the locker room and their relationship.More news: Judge Loya's mystery death must be thoroughly investigated: Rahul Gandhi
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points off the bench for the Kings, who have lost five of six.
The Lakers were doing a better job with ball movement, according to Caldwell-Pope. "We give him the ball and get out of the way and we know that it is going to be a bucket. We just try to stay within this team and see how we can make each other better each and every day".
A dunk from forward Larry Nance Jr. gave the Lakers a 10-point advantage.
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