Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 1/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (11-24) at Los Angeles Clippers (23-12)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
The battle for LA continues tonight as the Los Angeles Clipers host the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers were enjoying a three-game win streak before running into the in-form Hawks who beat them by 107-98 on Monday. Blake Griffin led the way with 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 16 rebounds, but the Clippers just couldn't get into a rhythm against the Hawks and it showed in a 63-52 second half. With the loss, LA drops to 23-12 overall and 15-5 at home which are still both very good records. However, the Clippers are now only 7-10 against teams that currently have winning records which is a real worrying sign.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost eight of their last 11 overall and are coming off a 98-94 loss to the Trailblazers. Jordan Hill had a monster game of 23 points and 14 rebounds on 10 of 15 shooting while Jeremy Lin and Wayne Ellington added 14 and 13 points respectively, but the Lakers just couldn't fend off the Blazers who leaned heavily on Damian Lillard's 39 points and took the game away. Being the second game of a back to back set, Kobe Bryant was rested and didn't even travel with the team, but he is expected to suit up tonight against the Clippers.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall and 4-1-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, while the Clippers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss.
Head to head, the Lakers are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and 1-10 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles as the "road" team.
The Lakers have really showed plenty of fight lately which has led to them covering a lot of spreads, but I just get the feeling that the Clippers are due for a big win at home against their big brothers, so that's where I'm leaning.