Sunday NBA and we will see the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Free Pick to follow. The game has a start time of 9:30 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on NBA TV. Current Vegas betting odds have the Clippers listed as 13 point favorites, while the total is set at 207.5.
Analysis: The Los Angeles Clippers come in off a hard fought 110-106 loss at home to the Golden State Warriors last night. The Clippers are now 49-26 on the year, which includes a 22-15 mark on the road and they currently own the 5th spot in the West, but by just a half a game over the San Antonio Spurs. The Clipps have gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-2 ATS the last 10 in the series. The Clippers have been a very good offensive team this year, ranking 2nd in scoring (106.5 ppg), 2nd in shooting, 3rd in 3 point shooting and 28th in FT shooting. Defensively the Clippers have been rather average, ranking 17th in points allowed (100.4 ppg), 13th in defensive FG% and 11th in 3 point defense.
The Los Angeles Lakers have not had a good year at all as they come in with a 20-55 record on the year. The Lakers followed up a bad 21 point home loss to the Pelicans with an equally bad 30 point home loss to Portland on Friday night. The Lakers have won just 4 of their last 18 games overall and are just 11-26 at home for the season. The Lakers have gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, but 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Lakers have been an average offensive team this year, ranking 18th in scoring (98.5 ppg), 25th in shooting, 17th in 3 point shooting and 22nd in FT shooting. Defensively the Lakers have been very poor this year, ranking 28th in points allowed (104.8 ppg), 28th in defensive FG% and 24th in 3 point defense.
Pick: I am going with the Under in this game. The Lakers have little pop on offense right now and they have averaged just 98.7 ppg at home for the year. The Clippers are not a great defensive team but they have held the Lakes to 97 points or less in 4 of the last 5 meetings. The Lakers are not a good defensive squad and the Clippers can score, but I just don't see the lake show coming up with enough points to put this game over the total.
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