Tuesday night in the NBA I will have a free pick in the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, which will be played at Staples Center. The game has a start time of 10:30 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on TNT. Current Vegas betting odds have the Clippers listed as 17 point favorites, while the total is set at 205.5.
Analysis: The Los Angeles Lakers have not had a good year at all as they come in with a 20-56 record on the year. In their last 3 games the Lakers have lost to the Pelicans by 21, the Trailblazers by 30 and the Clippers by 28, with all 3 games being played at home. The 56 losses the Lakers have this year are the most in franchise history. The Lakers have gone 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a S.U. loss, but just 6-18 ATS the last 24 in the series. The Lakers have been a less than average offensive team this year, ranking 10th in scoring (98.3 ppg), 25th in shooting, 16th in 3 point shooting and 23rd 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 26th in 3 point defense.
The Los Angeles Clippers come in having won 3 in a row after a tough 4 point home loss to the Warriors. In their last game they handed the Lakers a franchise worse 56th loss of the season in the 28 point blowout. The Clippers are now 52-26 on the year 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 6-1 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game, but just 10-25 ATS in their last 35 Tuesday games. The Clippers have been a very good offensive team this year, ranking 2nd in scoring (106.8 ppg), 2nd in shooting, 3rd in 3 point shooting and 28th in FT shooting. Defensively the Clippers have been rather average, ranking 16th in points allowed (100.3 ppg), 13th in defensive FG% and 16th in 3 point defense.
Pick: I am going with the Over in this game. The Clippers have been rolling offensively of late as they have averaged 113 ppg in their last 10 games and the Lakers have not played good defense in this series of late allowing 118.2 ppg in the last 9 meetings between the team. The Lakers have had issues scoring of late, but still this is not a good Clippers defense and they have allowed 98.4 ppg at home for the season, while allowing 101.6 ppg in their last 5 games overall. I expect 110+ from the Clippers and in the upper 90's from the Lakers here.
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