Free NBA Pick: Clippers vs. Lakers NBA Odds
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2020 NBA Handicapping
(0-0) LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-0)
Date: Tuesday, December 22
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers +120 | Lakers -135
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers +2.5 | Lakers -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
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The 2020-21 NBA season opens and with that the Los Angeles Lakers will receive their rings and hoist the championship banner up into the rafters. Their opening night opponent is Staples Center co-habitants the LA Clippers.
Last season, the squads played four times with each side winning twice. The Lakers hold the all-time record having won 150 matches of the 224 played.
2019-20 preseason predictions earmarked the LA Clippers with the best shot of winning the title yet it was their nemesis who claimed the hardware.
Worse still, Steve Ballmer’s club didn’t get out of the second round and never looked quite right in the Orlando bubble.
This season the pressure will intensify given how much GM Lawrence Frank gave away to sign Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The five first-round draft picks and two draft swaps will start coming off the books and another sub-par season could put re-signing Leonard in jeopardy.
To that end, this offseason was just as busy for Frank who fired Doc Rivers and allowed Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell to leave in free agency (down the hall to the Lakers).
Serge Ibaka was signed in free agency while Nicolas Batum was added after the Hornets waived him while Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris were re-signed.
Although the big move was upgrading with Ibaka, the key may be how new head coach Ty Lue gets this team to focus and recognize talent alone doesn’t win titles.
Jay Scrubb is out due to foot surgery with no timeline for return.
Los Angeles Lakers
It’s always wise not to rest on your laurels and Rob Pelinka made sure the champion Lakers didn’t. Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, and Avery Bradley all exited but Pelinka made arguable upgrades at every position.
The bigs were replaced by Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrel while Dennis Schroder and Wesley Matthews are the new guard additions.
Talen Horlen-Tucker has been the talk of the preseason and if he keeps playing like this he may make Kyle Kuzma an easy trade option.
No doubt superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be load-managed this season but for ring night expect them both to be in the lineup.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-0-2 in LAC last 8 overall.
- Under is 21-8 in LAL last 29 Tue. games
- Road team is 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings
Free LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
Just like last season these two clubs are once again expected to be the best in the West, except this time the Lakers will be the predominant favorites.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers ATS
Although the regular season games ultimately won’t matter, sending a message early would help bolster the Clippers’ confidence and plant a seed in the Lakers’ minds.
Getting rings and watching the banner be raised theoretically should give the Lakers energy but history shows it typically takes players a while to regain focus and get into the game.
Combine that factor with their opponent being the team who expected to win last season and it all adds up to what could be a compelling first game for the champs.
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