The Los Angeles Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown last week after a 1-4 SU start and announced Monday that they would be hiring Mike D'Antoni to replace him.
D'Antoni will likely join the Lakers sometime next week as he is currently recovering from a knee surgery, but the team has a big game Tuesday without him. The NBA betting odds suggest assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff will not get the job done here as the Lakers opened as small favorites but wagering has swung the line to -1 in favor of the Spurs as of midday.
Of note, the Lakers have lost seven straight times as an underdog and are just 1-6 ATS in those games.
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers (Tuesday, 10:30 PM ET)
Since firing Mike Brown, the Lakers are 2-0 SU and ATS, but those wins and covers came against soft competition. Interim Coach Bernie Bickerstaff will have the toughest test of his short tenure when the Lakers host the Spurs on Tuesday night.
San Antonio is off to a very strong start this season at 6-1 SU and 4-2-1 ATS, and will be looking for much better results Tuesday than its last trip to Staples Center in a 106-84 loss to the Clippers last week.
The Spurs have held their own against the Lakers recently with a 5-3 SU and 6-2 ATS mark over their last eight games. The total has gone UNDER in eight of the last 11 games between these two Western Conference powerhouses. [ See matchup details and trends ]
Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers (Wednesday, 10:30 PM ET)
The Miami Heat are a perfect 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS at home, but got off to a 1-2 SU and ATS start on the road heading into Monday night's road game against Houston. The Heat will be playing their third road game in four nights when they visit Los Angeles to take on the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Clippers are off to a solid 5-2 SU and ATS start and are currently riding a three-game SU and ATS winning streak that was started with a dominating 106-84 win over San Antonio. Los Angeles has fared well against the Miami Heat at Staples Center recently with a 3-0 SU and ATS record at home against the Heat over the last three seasons. [ Watch for opening lines via Twitter ]
Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets (Thursday, 8:00 PM ET)
After starting off the season 0-5 ATS (2-3 SU), the Boston Celtics got their first ATS cover of the season in a 96-92 road win over Milwaukee on Saturday.
The Celtics played Chicago on Monday night and then return home to play Utah on Wednesday before heading to Brooklyn to take on the Nets on Thursday night.
Boston has owned the Nets in recent seasons with an 18-2 SU and 13-7 ATS mark over the last 20 games between these two teams. Can the Nets turn the tide in their new home in Brooklyn? The Nets are off to a 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS start to the season.
Six of the last seven meetings between these two division rivals have gone UNDER the posted total.