NBA LA Lakers vs LA Clippers Betting Analysis & Pick

NBA LA Lakers vs LA Clippers Betting Analysis & Pick

LeBron and the Lakers take on the city rival Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night in a game the Lakers are desperate to win. Heading into March, the Lakers have a 27-33 record. LAL may not even qualify for the play-in tournament if things continue going the way they have. Will the Lakers get it done versus one of the more underrated teams in the Western Conference? Check out information, analysis, and a free NBA Betting pick for Lakers versus Clippers. 

NBA Betting Preview for Lakers at Los Angeles

NBA Thursday Betting: Lakers versus Clippers  

  • When: Thursday, March 3 at 10:00 pm ET
  • Where: Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  • TV/Streaming: TNT  

Why bet on L.A. Lakers versus L.A. Clippers?

LeBron James is listed as questionable for the Tuesday game versus the Dallas Mavericks. By Thursday, though, King James should be ready to step onto the court. The Lakers lost the last head-to-head by just 3 points. In that game, LeBron scored 21, grabbed 11 boards, and dished 3 assists. He should have a better game in the rematch. 

Los Angeles Lakers Offensive Averages

  • Points/G: 110.5 
  • FG %: 46.4
  • 3PT %: 34.5
  • FT %: 72.4
  • Rebounds/G: 44.7 

Los Angeles Lakers Defensive Averages

  • Points/G: 112.4 
  • FG %: 45.7
  • 3PT %: 34.6 
  • FT %: 74.4
  • Rebounds/G: 47.1 

Why bet on L.A. Clippers versus L.A. Lakers?

The Lakers get more press, but the better Los Angeles NBA team this season has been the Clippers. Although both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have been injured for most of the season, the Clippers have played competitive basketball. Heading into their Tuesday night game against Houston, the Clippers are 32-31 and a game above .500.

Los Angeles Clippers Offensive Averages

  • Points/G: 106.7 
  • FG %: 45.5
  • 3PT %: 36.2
  • FT %: 77.9
  • Rebounds/G: 44.2 

Los Angeles Clippers Defensive Averages

  • Points/G: 107.4
  • FG %: 44.6
  • 3PT %: 33.8
  • FT %: 78.3
  • Rebounds/G: 47.4 

Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers Betting Analysis

The Lakers are a mess. That’s the only way to describe what has happened to the preseason NBA Finals chalk. 

Los Angeles boasts plenty of stars and, arguably, the second greatest player in NBA history. But injuries and a lack of cohesion, not to mention a feeling that this Lakers’ squad just doesn’t care enough, has led to a terrible under .500 record.

It’s time to consider the Clippers the better pro basketball team in Los Angeles. The Clippers aren’t a great team and both of their top two players won’t step onto the court in this, but LAC is on fire.

From Feb. 12 through Feb. 27, the Clippers went 5-1 straight up. Among the victories were wins over the Mavericks, Warriors, and Lakers. The Clippers also went 5-1 ATS, only failing to cover the spread in a 99-98 win against Houston on Feb. 27.

The Clippers starting five doesn’t include a star. But Marcus Morris Sr., Nicolas Batum, Ivica Zubac, Reggie Jackson, and Terance Mann play well together. Even if LeBron puts on the sneakers, the Clippers should win and cover. 

NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers


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