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
Clippers.

Date/Time/TV: Mon. Mar. 4, 10:30 PM EST, NBATV

Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -4 (-110)

Total: 237

Game Preview

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
6.5 rpg.

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)

Christopher Feery

    A freelance writer by trade and lifelong sports fan, Chris got off the fence and entered the world of sports betting content when his home state of New Jersey finally legalized wagering in the summer of 2018. This quickly became his full-time focus, and he absolutely loves sharing information with loyal readers and subscribers. He subscribes to the theory that numbers don't lie, but he also knows they don't always tell the whole story. Chris likes to keep it simple to avoid paralysis by analysis, but he's not shy about digging deep to find the answers he seeks. A two-time nominee and one-time winner of Fantasy Sports Writers Association year-end awards for football content, Chris will gladly discuss fantasy pigskin all year long, as well as anything else to do with the NFL or CFB. While football tops his list, he also has quite the affinity for other fields of play, priding himself on delivering exceptional content with actionable information that provides positive results.

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