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(21-54) Los Angeles Lakers vs. LA Clippers (46-31)
Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: LA Clippers -14.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
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Saturday night NBA features two teams that call the same arena home. The Lakers and Clippers are set to face off.
These two have opposite agendas at this point in the season. Although the Clips currently sit in fifth place out West, they’re looking to collect as many wins as possible to take over the No. 4 Utah Jazz.
Doing so would result in home-court advantage during Round 1 of the playoffs.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are doing everything they can to collect ping-pong balls and improve draft positioning. There’s no point in winning games when you’re lottery-bound.
This one tips off early (3:30 p.m. ET) and kicks off a five-game slate Saturday.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 31, 2017.
Los Angeles Lakers
Just how bad are the Lakers? Let’s break this down.
Entering this contest, Los Angeles has lost three in a row. As bad as that is, the team has won just a single game in its last 10.
Dating back to the All-Star break, the Lakers have just two victories.
And yet, all of these losses are actually wins in the eyes of the franchise decision makers.
If the Lakers’ draft pick this summer falls out of the top three, it belongs to the Philadelphia 76ers. That would be a massive blow to the future of this struggling organization.
Currently the Lakers sit in dead last in the Western Conference with the second-worst record in the league.
For as much has gone wrong this season, the organization is doing everything right when it comes to protecting its future.
The Clippers have gotten very used to losing in the playoffs.
That’s not to say they’ll go through that again this season (although they probably will), but earning home-court advantage in Round 1 will be a good start to combatting those issues and exorcising their past postseason demons.
Against the Lakers, all the Clips need to do is play a clean game.
If stars are getting into foul trouble or the team as a whole is coughing up the ball, the Lakers will use their youth and energy to keep things close.
That said, if the Clippers execute cleanly and don’t give the Lakers more (or easier) opportunities, this one should be a blowout.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games
- Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
- Lakers are 3-13 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Los Angeles
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. LA Clippers NBA Prediction:
There’s no denying that 14.5 points is a large spread for any matchup. Beating a team by 15 is tough to do in the NBA.
But there’s also no denying that the gap between these two teams is the size of the Grand Canyon and that the Lakers are doing everything in their power to lose games at this juncture.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers ATS
The Clippers should get this win regardless of the point margin, but we’re giving them a solid 20-point victory on Saturday.
NBA Free Score Prediction: LA Clippers 125 – Los Angeles Lakers 105
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