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(48-28) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (16-60)
Date: Wednesday April 6
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -14.5
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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Things go in cycles, and basketball in Los Angeles is not immune to this phenomenon.
After a decade of dominance, the Lakers find themselves as one of worst teams in the league while the Clippers are gearing up for their 5th straight playoff appearance and a legitimate chance to make some noise in the competitive Western Conference.
This is the first game of a back-to-back set where each team will take a turn at calling the Staples Center their home, although tonight’s match will see the hardwood covered in purple and gold.
The Clippers are 2-0 head-to-head this year, averaging an 11-point margin of victory.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have been one of the league’s best teams for much of the season and are currently set to have home court advantage in their first playoff series.
This has been an especially impressive feat considering they have been without Blake Griffin for most of the season.
Well, Blake is back now and he definitely had some rust to shake off last night (evidenced by the 2/7 shooting performance). He should be salivating at the opportunity to match up against a defensive pylon like Julius Randle.
The Clippers have feasted against weaker opponents this season and coming into tonight they have won 5 of their last 6.
They are an impressive 22-16 on the road this season, although this isn’t a traditional road game. They are 27-12 when playing in the Staples Center this season.
Los Angeles Lakers
After setting a franchise record for the worst win-loss record in Laker history last season, the 2016 squad needs only 2 more losses to produce an even worse record.
If the Lakers somehow land outside of the top 3 in this year’s draft, the pick goes to Philly; costing them a chance to draft an impact player and setting back their rebuild effort yet another year.
While the front office would never admit it, they are going to do everything in their power to put a mediocre product on the court the rest of the way.
The Kobe Bryant farewell tour is becoming laughable. While he’s managed some high point totals in the last few weeks, his efficiency is the sort of thing that would normally cost a player his job.
He’s exceeded 40% shooting only twice in the entire month of March. His struggles are emblematic of most of the Lakers players during that same stretch.
Of the 5 players that averaged double digit scoring in March, 3 of them shot 38% or lower and only ONE player on the team managed to exceed 50%.
While the Lakers will want to win one of their last 2 home games for Kobe, this is probably not the one it will happen in.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 4 – 1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Clippers are 2 – 6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- Lakers are 4 – 1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Lakers are 5 – 1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Lakers are 2 – 5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacifict
- Under is 5 – 0 in the last 5 meetings
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
They have lost both meetings against their hometown foe by double digits this season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: UNDER.
This one shouldn’t be much of a match. With Blake and CP3 reunited the Clippers should have no problem rolling to an easy W over their in-town rival in this one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Clippers 106 – Lakers 92
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