NBA Clippers vs. Lakers Picks & Predictions for Thursday, February 14, 2013 Print
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LOS ANGELES, CA (ATS Consultants) – Two teams heading in different directions heading into the All-Star Break will clash tonight at Staples Center when the Lakers host the Clippers at 10:30PM ET.

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ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Clippers as 3.5-point favorites versus the Lakers, while the over/under total is now sitting at 200 points. The Clippers are 38-17 overall while the Lakers are 25-28 heading into tonight.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Lakers opened as 2.5-point underdogs but the spread has been bet up to 3.5 points at most sports books. The total, meanwhile, opened at 201.5 points and has been bet down to 200.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 68% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Clippers. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.

NBA FREE PICK: Take Lakers. According to latest NBA trends, Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Lakers are 9-3 ATS at home last 12 in series and Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Clippers (38-17 SU, 30-25 ATS, 29-26 O/U) are trying to end the first half with a four-game winning streak. The Lakers (25-28 SU, 21-31-1 ATS, 25-27-1 O/U) have won two of three including a 91-85 win over Phoenix, giving 8.5 on Tuesday. Kobe Bryant will bounce back from a terrible game, as he went 1-for-8 on Tuesday, with eight turnovers. But he's still averaging 27 points per game and has averaged 8.3 assists per game over the last 11, as he's becoming more of a feeder. Despite being one of the biggest disappointments of the season, the Lakers have put together their own strong stretch, winning eight of 11 after dropping 10 of 12. Bryant normally plays well against the Clippers as he's averaging 35.3 points on 55.6 percent from the floor over the past six meetings, and he's totaled 78 points in this season's two losses. Dwight Howard managed 21 points and 15 rebounds with two blocks against the Clippers last month. He came up big again Tuesday, totaling 19 points and 18 rebounds versus the Suns. The Lakers need this game more than the Clippers as they can't afford to go into the break 4 games under .50

2013 NBA FREE PICK: LOS ANGELES LAKERS +3.5

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