Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Point Spread Pick
The Los Angeles Lakers will try and squeeze-out a win this Friday night when they square-off against their co-tenants at the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Clippers. Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Point Spread: Clippers -10.5
Total Line: 209
Lakers vs. Clippers Game Overview
Things have gone from bad to worse for the Lakers ever since Kobe Bryant went down for the second time with a knee injury. They are just 1-9 straight-up in their last 10 games and mired in a three-game skid heading into Friday night's showdown. They are 14-22 SU and their record against the spread has fallen to 19-17 after covering in just three of those 10 games. The total has gone OVER in three of their last four outings.
The Lakers are averaging 99.6 points and shooting 43.8 percent from the field, but the real issue has been on the other end of the court with a defensive effort that is giving up 104.6 points a game, which is ranked 28th in the NBA. Nick Young leads the team with 16.4 points but he is shooting just 42.9 percent from the floor. Pau Gasol is chipping in another 15.8 points and a team-high 9.7 rebounds. Overall, the Lakers are pulling down an average of 43.1 rebounds a game.
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The Clippers lost Chris Paul for the next six weeks after he separated his shoulder on Jan. 3. Since he went down, they have lost to San Antonio, but bounced back with victories over Orlando and Boston. They are now 25-13 SU, but after failing to cover in a 111-105 victory over the Celtics this past Wednesday as 10.5-point home favorites, their record ATS fell to 22-16. The Clippers are 3-4 ATS in their last seven games and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five games.
Blake Griffin continues to lead the team in scoring with 22 points a game, but without Paul in the lineup, the pressure now falls on players such as Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison to elevate their games. The good news for Friday night is that JJ Redick's playing status has been upgraded to probable after missing a substantial amount of time with a broken wrist. The Clippers are ranked sixth in the league in scoring with 104.8 points a game while holding opponents to an average of 99.7 points. This scoring average has dropped slightly to 101.3 points in the three games without Paul.
The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with SU winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last 10 games following a SU loss.
The Clippers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on one day's rest. The total has gone OVER in 20 of their last 28 home games.
Head-to-head in this rivalry, the home team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings and the total has gone OVER in 10 of the last 11 games.
Against the Spread Pick
The Clippers have already demonstrated that they can beat the teams they are supposed to without Paul in the lineup and the Lakers have proven that they will have trouble beating any team in the league given their current lineup. Friday night's matchup presents a perfect opportunity for the Clippers to avenge an embarrassing SU loss to the Lakers in their season opener with a win that covers the points.