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(26-25) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers (28-23)
Date: Wednesday January 30th
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Off
NBA Betting Total: Off (As of 1:35AM ET Thursday)
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Throw the home and away records and trends out the window Thursday when the Lakers and Clippers meet up at the Staples Center. Obviously both of these teams call this arena ‘home’ at a certain point or another but this contest has Clippers season ticket holders getting the crowd edge.
No matter who you think fans are there to see, it’s evident that both teams could use a win as they each come in with a 4-6 record over their last 10. It was thought that Lebron James would make his return in this one but he’s been ruled ‘out.’ Other than the King, the Lakers might have all hands on deck for the first time in awhile.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers anxiously await the return of James as they’ve gone 6-11 since he was injured on Christmas Day vs. Golden State. The Lakers have now lost 4 of 5 with their only win over that span coming against the last place Suns. The last three losses have all been by at least 15 points as well.
The Lakers are on a rough stretch due to two factors – a) injuries and b) distractions. As for the walking wounded, besides James, key ball handler Rajon Rondo missed a lot of games and now PG’s Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart find themselves on the injured list. Kyle Kuzma has also been in and out of the lineup recently.
As for distractions, New Orlean’s Anthony Davis did no favors by announcing he was all but done being a Pelican. One of the expected destinations for the big man is LA and to accommodate a trade basically everybody on the LA roster besides Lebron is a bargaining chip.
With all this hoopla surrounding the Lakers perhaps the most surprising thing is that they are actually in a pretty good spot. LA could be adding talent soon plus they’ll be getting James back in the near future and they’re just 2GB in the playoff picture – with the Clippers sitting a spot ahead in 8th.
A win over the Clippers would be a huge momentum boost for the Lakers as they await the King’s return. LAL needs to get their defense back on track however (120+ in 4 of 5) vs. a Clippers team playing with some offensive momentum right now.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers could use a bit of a bounce back too, especially vs. their in-house rivals the Lakers. LAC fell 118-123 to the Hawks on Monday as -6 favorites. The defeat broke a three game win streak and was just the Clippers second loss in the last 6 games.
The Clippers offense has averaged 120 ppg the last two and combined with their 24th ranked scoring defense Thursday night’s contest could (should) be a high scoring affair. LAC especially struggles down low on defense but luckily for Doc Rivers’ team the Lakers don’t score a lot on the post between the combination of Tyson Chandler and Javale McGee.
The good thing for Clippers backers Thursday is that their defense doesn’t have to be great to get the win. LAC will come after you the whole game. For example Tobias Harris dropped 30 against the Hawks Monday but Lou Williams also contributed 21 off the bench. Rivers can go with a physical guy like Montrezl Harrell or opt for a slasher such as Patrick Beverley. Do the Lakers have that same depth?
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 8-2 ATS their last 10 vs. Pacific
- Clippers are 2-5 ATS the last 7 vs. Western Conference
- Lakers are 1-4 ATS the last 5 H2H meetings
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers NBA Prediction:
The Lakers looked very distracted and Tuesday’s 105-121 home loss to the Sixers wasn’t even that close. Brandon Ingram did have 36 in that game however and the LAL offense will definitely get a boost if Kuzma returns. Rajon Rondo has played well since his return from injury with double digits in assists in all three games.
The Lakers want to show that no matter what, they are the kings of the Staples Center. The Clippers are so-so, but LA has the energy of a King returning and perhaps a Brow on its way.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Lakers – Point Spread Off Pending James’ Availability
Lebron is out but it won’t matter as the Lakers get the ‘road’ win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Lakers 121 – Clippers 114
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