Date/Time: 12-28-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers +5
In this all-Western showdown the two LA teams are clashing, when the Clippers, looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are visiting the Lakers, who have lost LeBron James to an injury and want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Clippers are 20-14 so far in the league and are sitting on the fourth place of the Western Conference. They are 3-1 in their last 4 matches and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Sacramento at home, 127-118. Lakers are 20-15 so far in the league and are sitting on the fifth place of the Western Conference. They are 1-2 in their last three games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Sacramento on the road, 116-117.
Top Basketball BookmakersLos Angeles Clippers are led in scoring by Tobias Harris 21.5 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 8.2 per game, while Danilo Gallinari follows with 19.5 ppg, adding 6.1 rebounds per game. Lou Williams adds 17.6 ppg off the team’s bench. Los Angeles Lakers are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.3 ppg. He also leads the team both in assists with 7.1 and rebounding with 8.3 per game but he is injured and unavailable. Kyle Kuzma follows with 18.6 ppg, adding 5.8 rebounds per game. Brandon Ingram adds 15.8 ppg and 4 rebounds per game.
Those two teams met 4 times last year with the Clippers leading 3-1 and winning both matches on the road with a 106-121 and 92-108 score. Lakers are 12-5 at home so far, while Clippers are 8-10 on the road. Clippers have a better offense with 115.9 ppg to Lakers’ 113.3, while Lakers have a better defense, allowing 111.2 ppg to Clippers’ 114.7. Lakers have a better accuracy from the field, shooting with 48.1% to Clippers’ 47.7%, while Clippers have a better accuracy from behind the arc, shooting with 38.7% to Lakers’ 34.8%. Both squads grab almost the same number of rebounds (46.1 to 45.9), while Clippers commit fewer turnovers (14.2 to 15.2) and Lakers dish more assists per game (24.4 to 22.6). Lakers don’t pose a threat to the Clippers without the star players so pick Clippers for a win by more than 5 points in this one. Click here to check all our tipsters basketball predictions
Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers -5 (-110)