NBA Preview and Free Pick: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
If the NBA Playoffs started today, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers would be home
watching with the rest of us. That makes the stakes incredibly high for each of the team’s remaining
regular season games, including this evening’s showdown with the crosstown rival Los Angeles
Date/Time/TV: Mon. Mar. 4, 10:30 PM EST, NBATV
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -4 (-110)
The Clippers have been playing well of late. The team has won three of its last four, including
yesterday’s 128-107 home victory over the New York Knicks. On the year, the Clippers are 36-29
(37-28 ATS) and currently hold down the 7th spot in the west.
The Lakers enter tonight’s game with a record of 30-33 (26-35-2 ATS). That leaves them in 10th
place in the Western Conference, 4.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the final playoff spot.
The team has been struggling mightily while dropping four of its last five.
Los Angeles Clippers
Prior to Sunday’s win over the Knicks, the Clippers picked up a 7-point road victory over the
Sacramento Kings on Friday. The team is 6-4 (7-3 ATS) over its last 10 outings. They’ve been
average on the road for the season to date with a record of 18-17 (20-15 ATS).
Team totals have been Over for six of the last nine and trend that way on the year at 34-30-1. Lou
Williams leads the way in scoring for the Clippers. He’s averaging 19.8 ppg and 5.4 apg. Danilo
Gallinari is next up with 18.9 ppg and 6.0 boards, while Montrezl Harrell chips in with 16.3 ppg and
Los Angeles Lakers
On Saturday, the Lakers may have hit the low-point of their season with a 118-109 road loss to the
Phoenix Suns. The team is just 3-7 (3-7 ATS) over its last 10, and they’ve dropped six of their last
eight to boot. On the home court, the Lakers are 18-13 (12-17- ATS).
Team totals have been Under for two of the last three and lean that way on the year at 25-37-1.
LeBron James leads the way for the Lakers. He’s averaging 27.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, and 8.1 dimes. Kyle
Kuzma contributes 18.9 ppg and 5.6 boards, while Brandon Ingram adds in 18.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
Clippers vs. Lakers Prediction
This will be the third meeting of the season for these two squads. They’ve split the first two with the
road team winning each time. The Clippers hold a 7-3 advantage over the last 10 meetings. Totals are
5-4-1 over that span.
The Clippers are looking to keep pace in the west playoff race, while the Lakers have a ton of work
to do if they have any realistic chance at a postseason berth. We’re expecting the home team to show
some signs of life with a win and cover tonight.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -4 (-110)