Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 4/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (51-26) at Los Angeles Lakers (20-55)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 9:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +11.5 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds
The battle for LA resumes as the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Los Angeles Clippers have won nine of their last 10 and will be looking for a third straight win tonight after cruising past the Nuggets by 107-92 last night. JJ Redick led the team in scoring with 25 points while Chris Paul added 23 points and nine assists as the Clippers jumped out to a lead of 29-15 after the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. The Clippers have had their struggles playing at the Pepsi Center in recent seasons, but were able to get whatever shot they wanted last night, so with the game wrapped up early, coach Rivers opted to limit the in-form Blake Griffin to just 25 minutes. With the win, the Clippers improved to 51-26 on the season which gives them a valuable lead of half a game to the Spurs who are currently placed sixth in the Western Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost four of their last five and are coming off a 107-77 beatdown thanks to the Trailblazers. Jordan Clarkson put together an impressive line of 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but received next to no support as the Lakers shot just 37.8 percent as a team to fall to 20-55 on the season, matching a franchise mark for losses in a season. The Lakers have now lost 14 of their last 18.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 5-0 ATS in tehir last five games against a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Lakers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall but 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Clippers are a dominant 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and the over is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Los Angeles.
The early money has been towards the Lakers to cover in this game, but I'm expecting nothing short of a 15 or 20-point win for the Clippers because they've been on fire lately and should have way too much firepower for these sorry Lakers.