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(0-0) LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-0)
Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -200 | Lakers +170
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -5
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
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The time has finally arrived. No, we’re not talking about the 2017-18 NBA season tipping off. We’re specifically talking about one of the most hyped rookie debuts in recent memory.
Lonzo Ball is finally going to play in an NBA game.
Although the storylines surrounding this contest go beyond the fresh-faced point guard, he’s going to command all the attention come Thursday night.
The question is: Will the hype surrounding Ball and the Lakers translate to a victory over a new-look Clippers squad?
The Clippers were forced to endure a facelift this offseason when Chris Paul forced his way out via a trade to the Houston Rockets. With CP3 gone and a whole slew of new players in, it’s officially the Blake Griffin & DeAndre Jordan show.
Against the Lakers, the Clips need to establish just how to get Jordan involved in the offense. Pat Beverley and Milos Teodosic should prove to be a potent combo at the point guard position, but neither is going to get Jordan—a big who scores above the rim and in no other fashion—the same types of looks as Paul.
Teodosic could prove to be an excellent creator, but this contest against the Lakers will be his first NBA game.
As far as Griffin goes, we’ve seen him create for himself in the past. He’s developed a jumper and can handle the ball as well as anyone his size.
The problem is that he’s never been a primary focus of a defense, even if he’s had time as the team’s top scorer.
Getting him involved could be tricky, but with a shooter like Danilo Gallinari on his side, he should at least be able to use a distracted defense to his advantage.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have a ton of young talent on this year’s roster. Julius Randle is looking for a breakout season. Brandon Ingram, a former No. 2 pick, is looking to bounce back from last year. Kyle Kuzma has the potential to be an underrated Rookie of the Year candidate.
And guys like Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Ivica Zubac can all be solid role players in time.
And yet, nobody cares about all that one bit with Lonzo Ball stealing away all the attention.
Unfortuantely for the Lakers, they know right now that Ball’s not going to steal all the attention of the Clippers’ defense. Yes, he’s a strong creator who proved in college that his janky jumper can still translate to three-point sucess.
But he doesn’t project to be a high scorer, meaning he’ll need to get his teammates involved despite the Clips spreading the defensive love.
Although the Lakers have talent, they’re going to be without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in this one due to suspension.
Scoring could be difficult unless someone like Randle, Ball or Ingram really surprises in that category.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games on 3 or more days rest
- Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games
- Lakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall
Free LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Clippers are the better team here. They’re going to have the better season.
And yet, we just can’t bet against the Lakers with how hyped the home crowd is going to be in this one, and how much of an adjustment the Clippers will have to make this season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Lakers +5
When the year is said and done, the Clips will be in the playoff hunt and the Lakers will not. But for this one night, Los Angeles should belong to the Lakeshow.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers 101 – LA Clippers 99
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