The NBA’s two Los Angeles teams, the Lakers and Clippers, are set to face off at Crypto.com Arena. Both teams are fighting for local bragging rights and playoff seeds. The Lakers currently sit at ninth place in the Western Conference and are in desperate need of wins to secure a playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Clippers are aiming to secure home-court advantage for the playoffs.
The Lakers have been struggling with a .333 record since winning the NBA In-Season Tournament last month. However, they are showing signs of improvement, winning five of their last ten games. Despite their recent offensive success, their defense has been lacking, with a defensive rating over 120 in four of their last seven games.
On the other hand, the Clippers have been on a strong run with eight wins in their last ten matches. They are currently in fourth place in the Western Conference and are aiming to secure home-court advantage for the playoffs. With star players such as James Harden, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers have a strong lineup and have the fourth-best net rating in the league.
Regarding injuries, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and Cam Reddish are expected to play for the Lakers, while Taurean Prince and Gabe Vincent are likely to be sidelined. The Clippers are coming into the match with a healthier team, with only Ivica Zubac expected to miss the game.
In terms of betting trends, the Lakers have won against the spread in three of their last four matches, while the Clippers have won against the spread in eight of their last 11 games. The Lakers vs. Clippers games are typically close, with the Lakers having a 52% win record against the spread in matches with an equal amount of rest between games.
Some wagers to consider include betting on the Lakers with a +9.0 spread, the under 234.0 points, and the Lakers moneyline at +300 odds. These bets take into account the Lakers’ recent improvement and the fact that games between the two teams are typically close. With the stakes high, this matchup is expected to be an exciting battle for local supremacy in Los Angeles.