Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are 9-point favorites over the Los Angeles Clippers tonight in a Western Conference matchup.  The over/under for the game is set at 196.

The Clippers are off Wednesdays 127-119 double overtime victory against the Washington Wizards. But the Clippers did not cover as hefty 13-point home favorites, marking their fifth straight pointspread loss. They are now 33-39 against the spread in their first 72 games. The combined 246 points soared above the 203-point closing total, but the game would have barely gone er during regulation. The contest was tied at 102 at the end of four quarters.  The er is 37-35 on the season for the Clippers.  Against the Wizards, Starting center Blake Griffin recorded the first triple-double of his career with 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.  The Clippers rank 18th in the league offensively, averaging 98.9 points per game. The team is shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 34 percent beyond 3-point range.

The Lakers did the Clippers one better in their most recent game on Tuesday, going into triple overtime before beating the Phoenix Suns, 139-137. The Lakers relinquished a 21-point third-quarter lead and a nine-point lead during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers attack by scoring a season-high 42 points and adding 12 rebounds and nine assists in exactly 48 minutes. Lamar Odom also registered a season-high 29 points.  The Lakers are 13-1 overall since the all-star break.  The Lakers failed to cover Tuesday as seven-point home favorites, marking their third straight spread loss and lowering their pointspread record to 34-37 overall and 13-21 at Staples Center.

These two teams have met three times this year. ith the Lakers winning two straight-up and the Clippers covering the spread twice. In fact, the Clippers are 7-2 against the spread in the last nine series meetings. The initial meeting took place on December 8th, with the Lakers sneaking past the Clippers as 7-point favorites, 87-86. The combined 173 points dipped well der the 204 -point closing total. The Clippers got revenge during the January 16th rematch by upsetting the Lakers as five-point underdogs, 99-92. The combined 191 points again slipped der the 196-point closing total. The most recent matchup was on February 25th and was the most lopsided result. The Lakers registered a 108-95 victory and also covered the spread as 10-point favorites. This was the lone meeting to go er the total, which closed at 193 points.

Tonights game I see going like the most of the rest of the Clipper-Laker games.  I see the Lakers winning but not covering.  I think the Clippers can play the Lakers tough and will cover the 9-point spread.  Ill take the Clippers plus the nine points tonight.


Los Angeles Clippers +9 Los Angeles Lakers

March 25, 2011 by : Posted in NBA, Sportsbook No Comments

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