The Lakers are facing the Clippers in the LA battle of the opening day of the NBA restart. They also hold the top places in the West, with the Lakers having a comfortable 5½ game cushion over their rivals. Both squads are heavy favorites for winning the championship this season.
Date/Time: 07-30-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -1.5 (updated NBA Spreads)
Lakers have a 49-14 record (35-27-1 ATS) and are sitting on top of the West. In their last game, they saw a four-game winning streak end with a home loss by the Nets, 102-104, failing to cover the -12 handicap. Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 26.7 ppg and in rebounding with 9.4. LeBron James adds 25.7 ppg, 7.9 rebounds, and a league-best 10.6 assists.
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Clippers have a 44-20 record (35-29 ATS) and are second in the West. They are 3-1 in their last 4 and in their last game they won on the road against the Warriors, 131-107, easily covering as -13 favorites. Kawhi Leonard leads the team both in scoring with 26.9 ppg and in rebounding with 7.3. He also adds 5 assists per game, while Paul George follows with 21 ppg, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists.
Clippers lead the Lakers 2-1 wins this season. They have won at home by 10 points and on the road by 5.
Clippers are better offensively (116.2 to 114.3), while the Lakers are better defensively (106.9 to 109.7).
Lakers have a better field goal percentage (48.5% to 46.4). Clippers have a better 3-point percentage (36.6% to 35.5%).
Clippers are better in rebounding (48 to 46.1), while Lakers are better in assists made (25.9 to 23.8). Both teams commit almost the same number of turnovers (14.8 to 15.1).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -1.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. The well-rested Clippers with the full rosters will get away with the win one way or another.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers +1.5 (-111)
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