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(22-9) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (11-22)
Date: Sunday December 25
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -6
NBA Betting Total: 219
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With every Christmas Day comes some of the most anticipated NBA games of the young season. The night game will see the two teams of Los Angeles meeting in the Staples Center.
Both the Clippers and Lakers are coming off losses and will be looking to give their fans a nice gift to end the Christmas holiday.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are feeling a bit like they received a lump of coal this year, as star Blake Griffin will miss the next four to six weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The Clippers will look to keep on track despite missing one of their most important players.
Luckily for Los Angeles, the Clippers know how to adapt and play without their 21-point-per-night forward. Griffin missed 47 games last year and the Clippers played so well that many argued they were better without Blake.
In their current state, the Clippers play more of a spread pick-and-roll offense, utilizing the chemistry between point guard Chris Paul and center DeAndre Jordan.
Things have already looked good for the Clippers since Blake’s departure. LA has demolished the Nuggets and stunned the Spurs, before losing a quintessential “second night of a back-to-back” game to the Mavericks.
On Christmas night, they shouldn’t have too much trouble after getting a day off to rest.
The Clippers are a good team on both sides of the ball, and give up just 105 points per game, good enough for 7th in the NBA.
Against a struggling Lakers team, the Clippers should have no problem keeping them under 100 points.
Los Angeles Lakers
December has not been kind to the Lakers. The other team from Los Angeles is just 1-12 this month and continues to play poor basketball, squandering leads due to lackluster defense and complacency on offense.
After a surprising 10-10 start through November, the Lakers have become exactly what most expected them to be: the team that is trying to recover from Kobe’s last contract.
The Lakers give up over 110 points per game, fourth worst in the NBA. Meanwhile, they only score 104.3 per game. As long as these discrepancies in stats stay similar, the Lakers’ game plans won’t add up to many wins.
On the injury front, point guard Jose Calderon is out with a hamstring strain and Larry Nance Jr. will miss an extended amount of time due to a bone bruise in his left knee.
Some good news though, as Julius Randle will return for the Christmas night game after being away from the team to deal with a personal matter.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven games
- Lakers are 4-1 ATS in last five games against the Clippers
- The OVER is 3-2 in Lakers last five games
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
Even without Blake Griffin, the Clippers are a much better team than their LA counterparts. With better scoring weapons and the ability to stifle opponents on offense, the Clippers should get the W on Christmas.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: LA Clippers ML
The Clippers will be the favorites in this one, even if Chris Paul doesn’t go due to a hamstring injury. The Lakers just don’t have the personnel to compete so my bet is on the Clippers to win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers 106 – Los Angeles Lakers 97
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