Clippers at Lakers - 12/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (16-13) at Los Angeles Lakers (5-23)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 25, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +11 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, FSW2, TWC SN
The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers face off Christmas night at the Staples Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers need a big victory after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 102.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 23.6 points and 8.6 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 17.5 points and nine assists. J.J. Redick is dishing 1.6 assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. The Clippers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have split their last six road games. Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers are questionable.
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The Los Angeles Lakers need a big victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 96.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kobe Bryant is averaging 17.3 points and 3.5 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. D'Angelo Russell is dishing 3.5 assists while Roy Hibbert is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.8 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost six of their last eight home games. Julius Randle and Nick Young are questionable.
The Clippers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Lakers are 17-36-2 ATS in their last 55 vs. Western Conference and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games. The Clippers are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
I'm not brave enough to back the Lakers and I'm certainly not laying double-digit chalk with a shaky Clippers team. However, I will side with the over here. Neither team plays much defense, allowing 100-plus points defensively on the season. Expect a lot of points here.