The L.A. Clippers battle the rival Lakers on Dec. 25 hoping to cut LAL’s lead in the Western Conference. The Clippers beat the Lakers on opening day. Will Kawhi and Paul George take it to LeBron and Anthony Davis again? Or, will the Lakers increase their lead over their rivals? Check out the NBA odds, a preview and a free pick for Clippers vs Lakers!
Clippers vs Lakers 2019 NBA Christmas Day Odds, Game Info & Expert Pick
- When: Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: ABC
- ATS Odds: Lakers -2
Why the L.A. Clippers are a good bet +2?
The Clippers are 22-10 SU. They have a winning 18-14 ATS record. The Los Angeles Clippers also beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the last head-to-head. On opening day, the Clippers beat the Lakers 112-102 as a +3 ½ underdog. Kawhi led the team with 30 points, 6 boards, and 5 assists. Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams, Maurice Harkless, and JaMychal Green all scored in double-figures from off the bench. The Clippers’ depth should bother the Lakers again.
- Points/G: 115.2
- Field Goal %: 45.9
- 3-Point %: 36.3
- Free Throw %: 78.2
- Rebounds/G: 48.2
- Points/G: 108.2
- Field Goal %: 42.9
- 3-Point %: 34.3
- Free Throw %: 77.3
- Rebounds/G: 45.7
Why the L.A. Lakers are a good bet -2?
The Lakers have improved big time since the opening day loss. Los Angeles leans on Anthony Davis and LeBron James. LeBron hasn’t played the last couple of L.A. games. He’ll put on his uniform for this Christmas Day battle, though. In the first game, LeBron scored 18 points. The King averages 25.8 per. If he hits his average on Wednesday, the Lakers should beat the Clippers.
- Points/G: 112.6
- Field Goal %: 48.4
- 3-Point %: 35.7
- Free Throw %: 72.9
- Rebounds/G: 45.5
- Points/G: 104.1
- Field Goal %: 43.7
- 3-Point %: 33.8
- Free Throw %: 79.3
- Rebounds/G: 41.4
NBA Betting Trends for L.A. Clippers vs L.A. Lakers
- Clippers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles
- LAC is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games
- Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest
- Over is 5-1 in Clippers last 6
- Lakers are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 home games
- LAL is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games
- Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games
- Under is 5-1 in Lakers last 6 Wednesday games
Clippers vs Lakers Final NBA Betting Analysis
Although LeBron underperformed in the first game, the Lakers couldn’t stop the Clippers’ bench. Green scored 12. Harkless had 10. Harrell scored 17 and Williams dominated with 21. What’s scary is that the bench could be more effective in the rematch.
While both LeBron and AD played for the Lakers in the first game, Paul George didn’t play for the Clippers. George averages 24.2 points, 5.8 boards, and 3.7 assists. When he and Leonard play together, the Clippers are tough to beat.
The Los Angeles Clippers should beat the L.A. Lakers straight-up on Wednesday. There’s a caveat, though. Both Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverly are listed as questionable. If both suit up, the Clippers are an easy pick. Because both are listed as questionable and this is a Christmas Day game, expect both to put on their uniforms. Back the Clippers but if for some reason Kawhi remains on the bench, go with the Lakers.
NBA Free Pick: Clippers +2