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L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers - 1/31/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
STAPLES Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5.5
TV Channel
SPEC, FSPT
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The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Thursday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in rough shape as they’ve lost six of their last nine games and they will be looking to bounce back after getting blown out by the 76ers in a 121-105 home loss on Tuesday. Brandon Ingram led the way with a career-high 36 points on 16 of 20 shooting, JaVale McGee provided the spark off the bench with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 12 points but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Lakers shot 47 percent from the field and seven of 23 from the 3-point line, but they were slow out of the gates and were always fighting a losing battle after falling behind by as many as 24 points in the second quarter. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 26-25 overall and 16-12 at home.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their last six games but they will be aiming to bounce back after falling just short in a 123-118 home loss to the Hawks on Monday. Tobias Harris led the team with 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Lou Williams added 21 points and nine assists off the bench while shooting just four of 17 while Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 48 percent from the field and 10 of 27 from the 3-point line but it wasn’t enough as they had their three-game win streak snapped by the Hawks on the second night of a back to back set. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 28-23 overall and 15-11 at home.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss.  The Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record.  

Head to head, the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, the Lakers are 5-14 ATS in the last 19 meetings in LA and the Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

The Lakers will be sweating on the availability of LeBron James, the news is that he is out for this game which just seems like too much of an edge to give a Clippers team who beat the Lakers by 119-108 back on Dec 28. The Lakers have shown some signs of improvement, especially Ingram who is coming off a career-best game, but I have to stick with the Clippers who always seem to get up for this matchup.

Pick:
Los Angeles Clippers -5.5
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