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Lakers vs Clippers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers
  • Where: Los Angeles at Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, April 5th
  • Betting Odds LAC -3, LAL +127 | LAC -153 O/U OFF

The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 41-38. So far, the team has gone 39-37-3 against the spread. In today’s game, Los Angeles will look to extend their 4 game winning streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of 12.5.

Los Angeles is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Jazz. Going into the game, they were 10 point favorites against the spread. Their 135-133 victory was not enough to cover. Los Angeles will look to do a better job putting teams away down the stretch, as they let the Jazz get back into the game after leading by 11 points at halftime. In the win, LeBron James led the team in scoring with 37 points on a field goal percentage of 51.9%.

So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 41-38, while going 39-39-1 vs the spread. Los Angeles will take the court having lost 2 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -11.0 points per game.

Los Angeles is trying to bounce back from a 122-114 loss to the Pelicans. Going into this game, the team was 4 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Los Angeles went on to lose the game despite leading by 1 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kawhi Leonard, as he contributed 40 points while hitting 53.6% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Clippers picked up the 103-97 win over the Lakers. The Clippers point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 5.0 point favorite. So far this season, the Clippers have a record of 3-0 vs the Lakers. Similar to their season-long average, the Lakers averaged 109.5 points per game vs the Clippers. On the other side, Los Angeles saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Lakers, as they averaged 116.75 points per game in these matchups. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 5-0 in favor of the Clippers. In these matchups, Los Angeles has averaged 117 points per game, while allowing 105. Over the course of these games, they averaged 222 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

For the season, the Los Angeles offense is the 8th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.0 points per contest. So far, Los Angeles is averaging 101.7 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 54.1%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.

Defensively, Los Angeles has had its problems giving up an average of 115.15 points per game (28th).

Right now there are question marks across the board heading into this game for the Lakers as there is a chance they will be without their two leading scorers vs the Clippers. Before getting any money down on this game, be sure to check who is available, as LeBron James and Anthony Davis have a combined scoring average of 55.4 points per game. For the season, James is 16th in the NBA in player efficiency and 1st in usage percentage. Through 52 games, he has a field goal percentage of 50.0%. If he is able to take the floor, he will be facing a defense that is 9th in points allowed to small-forwards.

Through 79 games, the Clippers are averaging 113.1 points per contest, placing them 22nd in the NBA. So far, the Clippers are averaging 97.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Los Angeles is just 23rd in shots made inside the arc.

Defensively, the Clippers are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 108.39 points per contest (11th).

Without Paul George, Los Angeles will need Kawhi Leonard to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Los Angeles today. This season, George leads the team in scoring with 23.8 points per game. Leonard is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 23.7 points per game, which places him 29.0th in the NBA. In his 49 games, he has hit 51.3% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game.

Lakers vs Clippers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Lakers +3
  • Free Total Prediction: Under OFF