Lakers vs. Clippers Prediction
The Los Angeles Lakers and the host Los Angeles Clippers will take their rivalry to a fever pitch this season. Which side will get the first bragging rights when they meet in tonight's season opener at the Staples Center?
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Staples Center at 10:35PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Lakers are a 3.5-point favorite to win on the moneyline. The Clippers are a 3.5-point underdog, while the total is set at 223.5 points. As of Tuesday evening, 67 percent of public bets are being placed on the visiting Lakers. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Davis makes Lakers debut
After proving to be dominant in the preseason, new acquisition Anthony Davis is set for his regular season debut with the Lakers tonight. Davis was one of the best big men in the league when healthy in New Orleans and while LA gave up a king's ranson to trade for him, it could very well be worth it as he teams up with LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma to form one of the NBA's best nucleuses. The Lakers have the second-best odds to win the Western Conference this season, just behind their city rivals and tonight's opponent in the Clippers. With a summer injury knocking free agent signing DeMarcus Cousins out for the season, LA will have its depth tested and must receive contributions from the likes of the occasionally hot-headed Rajon Rondo and the erratic Dwight Howard in order to be a title contender.
Clippers favored to win West
The Clippers struck gold in the offseason as they signed Kawhi Leonard in free agency and shortly thereafter traded for Paul George, giving them two of the most talented players in the NBA as well as perhaps the deepest roster. George is going to miss time at the start of the season as he recovers from a shoulder injury, but Leonard is certainly ready to go after winning an NBA title with the Raptors this past summer. Los Angeles can boast basically two complete rotations of five core players when healthy as its bench consists of very talented parts such as Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green. It's a shame the Clippers aren't completely healthy tonight for this showdown with their rivals, but that time will come soon enough.
NBA Betting Trends
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings with the Clippers as the road team.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are 24-10 ATs in their last 34 games versus the Pacific Division. The Clippers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Who the home team is considered doesn't really matter in this situation, but I still like the Clippers here. I think they come out with urgency and wanting to make a statement considering the Lakers will have their key players on the floor while the Clippers are without a huge name in George. But the Clippers are still the better defensive team and they have the best basketball player on the floor in my opinion in Leonard, who showed he's good enough to carry a team to a title in his lone season with Toronto. Even without George, there is plenty of help to go around. Bet on the Clips tonight.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS +3.5