Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers NBA Betting Analysis, Picks
The Los Angeles Lakers (12-11) and Los Angeles Clippers (11-11) face off at the Staples Center on Friday, December 3rd. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 P.M. PST.
The Lakers have won two consecutive games against the Pistons and Kings and are finally beginning to mesh as a team. Perhaps they are on the verge of starting a hot streak.
Meanwhile, the Clippers are trending in the opposite direction. The team is laboring, having lost three games in a row. They are feeling the effects of Kawhi Leonard being out.
Can the Clippers rebound on Friday? Or will the Lakers keep on winning?
Betting Analysis for Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers NBA
Los Angeles Clippers Betting Stats & Analysis
The Los Angeles Clippers were one of the best teams to open the 2021-2022 campaign. They had won seven games in a row to start November, and it seemed as if Paul George was going to be able to carry the team on his back. However, the Clippers were a popular pick to fade during the preseason, and it looks like the doubters may have been right.
Losing to Golden State was one thing back on November 28th. But with consecutive losses to underwhelming teams like the Pistons and Kings, it may be time for panic in Clipper nation.
One issue for the team is sharing the ball on offense. Since Paul George is the focal point in terms of scoring, he tends to run a lot of isolations. This allows opposing defenses to zero in on him and not worry about other players.
George averages right around 25 points per game. The next highest scorer is Reggie Jackson, with around 17 points per game. After him, it is Ivica Zubac with just 10.1 points per game. The Clippers need more scoring options.
Because of this, they rank in the bottom tier of the league in points and assists per game. The assists are even more concerning as they only average 22.8 dimes per game. It seems like Chris Paul of the Suns gets near that number on a nightly basis.
However, an even more concerning problem is the turnovers. They are 25th in the NBA, with 14.5 turnovers per contest. An inability to take care of the basketball is going to lead to losing games.
Are the Clippers a bad team? No, not by any means. In fact, they have outperformed expectations, given that one of their superstars in Kawhi Leonard, is expected to miss the entire season.
But they need to turn things around quickly before their current losing streak gets out of hand.
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Stats & Analysis
LeBron James cleared health and safety protocols and is expected to be available on Friday. With James back in the fold, the Lakers will have an excellent opportunity to defeat the struggling Clippers on Friday night.
In a season where they have consistently failed to meet expectations, the Lakers could use a winning streak.
This game will come down to how well they are able to limit turnovers. They rank 28th in the NBA with 15.4 turnovers per game.
With LeBron and Russell Westbrook on the same team, turnovers are more than expected to occur. But they need to start limiting them because the turnover battle has cost them too many games already this year.
The good thing is the Lakers are going to score points no matter what. Westbrook, LeBron, and Anthony Davis are all averaging over 20 points per game. Carmelo Anthony is at 14.3 points per game, while Talen Horton Tucker is averaging 10.9 points per contest.
All of that places the Lakers fourth in the league in points per game with 112. But they are not a terrific rebounding or defensive team, which has led to the Lakers surrendering far too many points per game this season.
But once again, it all starts with the turnovers. If the Lakers take care of the basketball, they will defeat the Clippers on Friday night. Expect the Clippers to play aggressive defense in an effort to cause havoc and force the Lakers to make mistakes with the basketball.
Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers NBA Betting Trends
The Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss. They are also 1-4 ATS against teams with winning records in their last five games. However, the Clippers are 8-0 ATS over their last eight matchups against the Lakers.
The Lakers are 3-0-1 against the over in their last four home games. They are 2-5 ATS over their past seven games. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five Friday games.
The under is 4-1 in the past five meetings between these two Los Angeles teams.
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The Clippers are the general favorites in this game despite the Lakers’ strong play as of late. The odds will greatly be affected by the status of LeBron James. While he is cleared for basketball activities, there is no guarantee that he will be in the starting lineup.
However, I believe LeBron will play on Friday.
Because of this, I am picking the Lakers to win, and here is why.
In order for the Clippers to win, the team will need a tremendous performance from somebody not named Paul George. It is almost a guarantee that George will drop 25 points, but who else steps up?
Reggie Jackson? Ivica Zubac?
On the Lakers side, Anthony Davis is a player who comes through in games like this. Look for Davis to have a monster game and lead the Purple and Gold to a victory on Friday night.
OBS Betting Picks for Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers NBA
Take the Lakers -1.5
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