Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/29/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (14-19) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-22)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Friday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers have three of their last four games and they will be looking to build on Tuesday’s 122-95 blowout win over the Kings. Montrezl Harrell led the team with 22 points off the bench, Lou Williams added 21 points while DeAndre Jordan finished with a double-double of 13 points with 15 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot a healthy 55 percent from the field and 13 of 31 from the three-point line as they dominated Kings by 41-23 in the second quarter to put the game to bed early. Milos Teodosic steered the offense with eight points and 10 assists while rookie Jamil Wilson started and scored a career-high 17 points. With the win, the LA Clippers improved to 14-19 overall and 8-7 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost seven of their last eight games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling to the Grizzlies in a 109-99 loss on Wednesday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 23 points, Jordan Clarkson started in place of the injured Lonzo Ball (shoulder) and added 22 points while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Lakers shot just 37 percent from the field while allowing the Grizzlies to shot 49 percent from the field but they actually fought well to tie the scores after three quarters, but the Grizzlies went on a decisive 22-6 run to start fourth quarter to take the game away from the Lakers. With the loss, the LA Lakers dropped to 11-22 overall and 6-11 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record, 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a win of more than 10 points. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings and the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
The Lakers will once again be without Ball so Clarkson will likely remain in the starting point guard role, while the Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be a game-time decision. The Clippers look to be a team on the mend and they've already beaten the Lakers twice this season, so I'm sticking with the Clippres who have covered in five of their last seven road games and four of their last five against the Lakers.