The Los Angeles Clippers (30-31) are the road team at Crypto.com Arena Friday when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers (27-31). Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Clippers vs. Lakers odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
This will be the Lakers’ first performance since the All-Star break, and it will be their first of three straight home games. The Lakers are 0-2 straight up (SU) against the Clippers this season.
This will be the third of four meetings between the two teams with the last one coming March 3rd.
The Clippers won one of the previous meetings by 4 points and the other by just 1 point. The Clippers’ 4-point win was the only one that featured the Lakers’ Big 3; however, F Paul George was also active then as he scored 19 points.
The Lakers are just 3-7 over their last 10 games but are 6-4 against the spread (ATS) across that span. They’re 26-32 ATS for the season while the Clippers are 30-31 ATS. The Lakers are just 10-15 ATS as home favorites.
Clippers at Lakers odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Clippers +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Lakers -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Clippers +2.5 (-115) | Lakers -2.5 (-107)
Over/Under (O/U): 221.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
Clippers at Lakers key injuries
G Norman Powell (foot) out
F Carmelo Anthony (hamstring) probable
G Avery Bradley (knee) out
F Anthony Davis (foot) out
F LeBron James (knee) questionable
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Clippers at Lakers odds, lines, picks and predictions
Clippers 114, Lakers 111
BET on the CLIPPERS (+110).
The Clippers have been able to get the best of the Lakers so far this season, and that trend should continue, especially as the Lakers will be without Davis. They’re 10-11 SU without the star forward.
James also showing up as questionable is concerning. Even if James does play the Clippers traded for F Robert Covington, one of the league’s best perimeter defenders.
The Clippers have the league’s seventh-best defensive rating.
They have the league’s second-best opponents’ free throw attempt rate. With the Lakers’ seventh in free attempt rate, the Clippers should be able to limit them getting to the line, a potential key in the outcome of this matchup.
The momentum is with the Clippers as well as they’re 3-1 over their last four outings while the Lakers are just 1-3 across their last four.
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Against the spread
I’ll take the plus-money money line odds for the Clippers instead of getting the points on the spread.
“LEAN” to the OVER 221.5 (-115).
The Clippers are 30-30-1 O/U this season but are 7-3 O/U in their last 10. Similarly, the Lakers are 32-25-1 O/U this season and 6-4 O/U in their last 10.
The Lakers play at the fifth-highest pace despite being the oldest team in the NBA. No Davis should mean more G Russell Westbrook forcing his will in transition.
With the Clippers also in the top of the league in pace (14th), I expect points to be abundant in this one.
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