There is still a good chunk of the current NBA season still to be played, but with the All-Star Game right around the corner, it is certainly not too early to start thinking about the playoffs. We are, in both conferences, getting some great battles going, as this is one of the tightest races in recent memory. The Western Conference is particularly tight, which suggests that the race for playoff rankings is one that is potentially going to go all the way down to the wire. We are seeing a great duel between the Warriors and the Nuggets at the top, but there are also a number of great little battles going on a little further down the standings.
At the moment, the LA Clippers are holding grimly on to the #8 seed in the West, a couple of games up on their city rivals, the LA Lakers. These two will go head to head on Thursday night in what is a critical game for both. The Clippers can get a little more breathing room, while the Lakers can creep closer to the playoff line. The Clippers are in as a 5 point favorite, with the point total set at 228.
Lakers vs Clippers NBA Week 16 Odds & Expert Pick
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- When: Thursday, January 31 at 10:30 PM EST
- Where: Staples Center, LA
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Week 16 Odds: Los Angeles Clippers -5 (Total 228)
Why bet on the LA Lakers?
The LA Lakers have been simply trying to stay afloat in the absence of LeBron James, but they have had limited success, dropping down below the playoff line while the best player in the world sits on the sidelines with an injury. The good news is that James is expected to be back sooner rather than later, but he may need to put in a real shift in the final couple of months, as the Lakers could potentially find themselves 3 games back of the playoff line with a loss on Thursday night.
While this is deemed a road game for the Lakers, they are still playing in their own building. Still, we need to look at this as a road game, which means seeing a 10-13 record in that regard. The Lakers are 7-5 ATS when in as a road underdog.
- Total Score: 112.12
- Field Goal Percentage: 47.38
- Three-Point Percentage: 33.50
- Free Throw Percentage: 68.68
- Total Rebounds: 47.25
- Total Score: 111.90
- Field Goal Percentage: 44.23
- Three-Point Percentage: 34.86
- Free Throw Percentage: 78.51
- Total Rebounds: 47.04
Why bet on the LA Clippers?
At 28-23 on the season, the Clippers find themselves in the #8 spot in the Western Conference, 2 games ahead of the Lakers, who are in the #9 slot. Over the past month or so, the Clippers have been slowly but surely losing ground to the teams ahead of them, and they are coming into this one going just 4-6 in their last 10 games.
This may be a match-up that helps snap them out of it, though, as they have owned the Lakers over the past couple of seasons, winning 7 of their last 8 meetings against their city rivals. That includes a 118-107 win in their first meeting of this season. The Clippers have been a good bet as a favorite, going 19-10 ATS, which includes going 12-7 ATS as a home favorite.
- Total Score: 114.14
- Field Goal Percentage: 47.07
- Three-Point Percentage: 38.14
- Free Throw Percentage: 79.74
- Total Rebounds: 45.35
- Total Score: 113.51
- Field Goal Percentage: 45.46
- Three-Point Percentage: 33.93
- Free Throw Percentage: 77.15
- Total Rebounds: 45.86
Lakers vs Clippers NBA Week 16 Betting Trends
- Lakers are 3-5-1 ATS in their last 9 games
- Lakers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of LA Lakers’s last 12 games
- Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at home
- Clippers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of LA Clippers’s last 15 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Lakers vs Clippers
While neither of these teams is going particularly well at the moment, I think it’s the Clippers that have the slight edge here. I like them to win this one, covering the spread in the process. I think this one might just creep OVER the point total.
Score: LA Lakers 111 – LA Clippers 118