Lakers vs. Clippers Pick
Who will cover the spread in the battle of Los Angeles when the Clippers host the Lakers today at 3:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Clippers are heavily favored as the home team, as they are getting odds of -10.5 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 215.5 points. The Lakers won the first meeting this season, 111-102 back on Christmas night. The Lakers have covered in five of their last six against the Clippers.
After a brief rough stretch, the Clippers have won five straight to get to 27-14 on the season. L.A. is also 4-1 against the spread in those five wins to move to 20-21 against the spread this season. The Clippers are putting up 107.8 points per game on offense while the defense is giving up 102.3 points per game. Blake Griffin remains out until later this month with a knee injury, but Chris Paul recently came back from injury and is averaging 17.7 points and 9.7 assists per game. J.J. Redick is also having a nice season with 15.7 points per game.
The Lakers have lost their last two games to the Blazers and Spurs, respectively, to fall to 15-28 on the season. They also failed to cover in both games, dropping to 19-23-1 against the spread. Los Angeles has struggled defensively this season, giving up an average of 110.3 points per game. The offense has some talent, scoring 104.7 points per game, but the Lakers are most often chasing instead of playing with a lead. Louis Williams is leading L.A. from the bench with 17.6 points per game while D’Angelo Russell is adding 15.2 points and 4.6 assists per contest.
The Clippers are on a nice run right now, winning their last five, while the Lakers have been blown out in their last two, including a 40-point loss to the Spurs. The Lakers just don’t have enough consistency to compete with the better teams in the NBA. The Clippers struggled early without Griffin, but have now figured out how to play without him once again. I expect the Clippers to dominate the Lakers early and cruise to a big win.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS -10.5