The two Western Conference favorites to win the NBA Championship clash in the second game on Thursday, July 30. Although the first NBA Orlando Playoff game is Jazz-Pelicans, make no mistake. Utah versus New Orleans is the warm-up to Clippers versus Lakers. Which NBA favorite will set the tone for the restart? Check out against the spread odds, analysis, and a free pick for Clippers versus Lakers so you can set down your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds & Pick
- When: Thursday, July 30 at 9:00 pm ET
- Where: Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL
- LA Clippers Vs LA Lakers Live: ESPN
- NBA Odds: Lakers -4
Why bet on Los Angeles Clippers to cover at +4 ½?
Last year’s NBA Finals hero, Kawhi Leonard, has dominated as an L.A. Clipper. Kawhi averages close to 27 points while grabbing 7 boards and dishing the rock 5 times per. Leonard is so talented he can play 3 positions on the court. Coach Doc Rivers hasn’t required him to do that, though. Why? Because in addition to having Kawhi, the Clipps also send Paul George to the court. Both superstars are unselfish. That’s what makes the Clippers so difficult to beat. PG-13 and Kawhi will do what it takes for the team to win.
Los Angeles Clippers Expected Starting Five
- PG – Reggie Jackson
- SG – Paul George
- SF – Kawhi Leonard
- PF – Marcus Morris Sr.
- C – Ivica Zubac
Why bet on the Los Angeles Lakers to cover at -4?
There won’t be a more motivated player in Orlando than the great LeBron “The King” James. LeBron James averages 27.7 points, 7.9 boards, and 10.6 assists. The King knows he’s got the best team he’s had in a while. LeBron wants to win a championship. He won’t allow his teammates to fold. Starting with the first game back, expect LeBron to push his teammates to excel. That could be all it takes for the Lakers to win and cover.
Los Angeles Lakers Expected Starting Five
- PG – LeBron James
- SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- SF – Danny Green
- PF – Markieff Morris
- C – JaVale McGee
Clippers vs Lakers Betting Trends
- Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8
- LAC is 19-7 ATS in their last 26 as an underdog
- Clippers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 following an ATS loss
- LAC is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous
- Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playing on 2 days rest
- LAL is 4-1 ATS in their last 5
- Lakers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 as a favorite
- LAL is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 following a straight up win
NBA Clippers vs Lakers Final Betting Analysis
The spread makes the Lakers an underlay. Notice a name missing from the expected starting five? Yep. Anthony Davis, LAL’s top scorer, may sit this one out.
Davis’ eye is bothering him. Although Laker coach Frank Vogel hopes AD plays, let’s be honest. The Lakers have no incentive to win “home court”. That means, they should sit Davis if he’s not one-hundred percent.
Down the sidelines, Kawhi and George will play. That gives the Clippers a massive edge.
Don’t get fancy. Take the points. The Clippers don’t have much incentive to go all out during the 8-game sprint for seeding either. But, since both their superstars will be on the court and the Lakers will likely have just one of their stars, back the Clipps to cover.
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