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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 12/28/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Clippers (20-15) at Los Angeles Lakers (20-14)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 229.5
TV Channel
NBAt, SPEC, FSPT
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The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Clippers could use a victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 115.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 114.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 221.50.7 points and 8.2 rebounds while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19.5 points and 2.3 assists. Lou Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have lost four of their last five road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113.2 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 45 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points and 7.1 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won six of their last seven home games.

The Clippers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 vs. NBA Pacific, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 Friday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific. The Clippers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 20-7 in Lakers last 27 overall. The over is 5-0 in Clippers last 5 overall. The under is 5-1-2 in Lakers last 8 games playing on 0 days rest.

The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting nearly 54 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from three in their last five games, so it's only a matter of time before they snap out of this funk. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the end of a back to back and are coming off a brutal last second loss to the Kings that may be tough to rebound from without their best player. The Lakers are a subpar team even with LeBron, without him? I'm not feeling the Lakers very much. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the healthy team that's due for a victory.

Pick:
Los Angeles Clippers -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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