The Los Angeles Clippers (22-12) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (17-19) on Sunday, January 7th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena. The Clippers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Lakers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pelicans. Tip-off is set for 9:30 ET.
Clippers vs Lakers
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
Paul George led Los Angeles with 24 points against the Pelicans, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 48.8% in the game. Kawhi Leonard also added 19 points as the Clippers won the game by a score of 111-95.
As they take on the Lakers today, the Clippers hope to stay above .500 with their record of 22-12. So far this season, the Clippers are 8-8 on the road and 14-4 at home.
Presently, Los Angeles boasts an ATS record of 18-16, which is above .500 against the spread. In their two most recent home games, Los Angeles has covered the spread and they are 10-8 ATS at home compared to 8-8 on the road.
The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Lakers is coming off a loss to the Grizzlies in their latest game, ending with a score of 127-113. The Lakers not only lost the game but also failed to cover the spread as -4 point favorites. Over/under line heading into this matchup was 226 points in which the two teams surpassed.
In their last five games, the Lakers are 1-4 and have an overall record of 17-19. Currently, they are 11th in the Western Conference and are 5th in the Pacific division.
Los Angeles has an overall ATS record of 15-21 for the season so far. In their last two home games, Los Angeles has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 7-10 at home compared to 8-11 on the road.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
The Los Angeles offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 10th ranked offense at 117 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Clippers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.8 made 3’s per game. If Los Angeles continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 25th in the league in possessions per game.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
Through 36 games the Lakers are averaging 113.7 points per contest, placing them 20th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Lakers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 7th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Clippers Team Defense
On average, the Los Angeles defense is giving up 111.7 points per game (9th). Right now, they are on a 3 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. Los Angeles’ defense is currently forcing 12.6 turnovers per game, which is 11th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 15th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.2 rejections per game.
Lakers Team Defense
On defense, the Lakers come into the game ranked 16th in the league in points allowed at 114.9 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 122 points per contest (8th). The Los Angeles defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.8% of their field goal attempts vs. Los Angeles.
Key Players For The Clippers And Lakers
In today’s game, we anticipate Kawhi Leonard leading the scoring for the Clippers, contributing 24 points while shooting 9/17 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 24.4 points per game, along with 6.1 rebounds.
As for Los Angeles, Anthony Davis is projected to be the primary scorer for the Lakers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 24, and adding 12 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 55.3%, and his scoring average is 25.3 points per game.
Clippers vs Lakers Trends
- Los Angeles has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 4-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 125 points per game while allowing 117. The team also performed well vs the spread at 4-1.
- Across the Lakers last ten home games, the team averaged 116 points per game while allowing 121. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 4-6, while going 3-7 straight-up.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Lakers have a straight up record of 2-8 and an ATS mark of 4-6.
- Through their last three games as the favorite, the Clippers have an ATS record of 3-0 and a straight up mark of 3-0.
The Clippers is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 119-114. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Clippers at -4.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 230.5 and given that our model is projecting 233 points between the teams, we like the over.
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