Clippers vs. Lakers Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Clippers are listed as a 3-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 216 points. The Clippers opened as a 3.5-point favorite, while the total has risen from 214 points.
Who the Public Likes: Public bettors are right down the middle with this contest as bets are split 50 percent between the Clippers and Lakers.
Injury Report: The big news with the Clippers is that Blake Griffin is nearing a return from a sprained MCL and it could come as soon as tonight. Wesley Johnson has missed the last two games with a foot injury and is questionable. Danilo Gallinari will be out until early February with a glute injury. Patrick Beverley is out for the season with a knee injury. For the Lakers, Lonzo Ball has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury and is questionable. Kyle Kuzma has a sore quad and is questionable. Brook Lopez is out a couple more weeks with a right ankle sprain.
Who the Trends Like: The Clippers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings. The over is 11-4 in the lsat 15 meetings with the Lakers the official host.
Who We Like: This is a difficult game to project until we know the statuses of Griffin, Ball and Kuzma. Keep an eye on the injury report as you decide on which side you want to bet on. Even if Griffin is out, the Clippers have begun to gel with wins in three of their last four games. The backcourt play has been outstanding and DeAndre Jordan is a rebounding maching plus a solid rim protector. The Lakers are young and more prone to mistakes. Take the Clippers to cover here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS -3