Lakers vs Clippers pick
Big game tonight at Staples Centre. Clippers are hosting the LAkers with the hot Kobe on a roll.
The games between these two are usually leaning towards the Lakers and most of the basketball predictions so far are in one way, but this year things are a bit complicated. A free NBA pick on this game will follow.
Kobe is averaging 39.0 points during the Lakers’ five-game winning streak, scoring at least 40 points in each of the last three contests despite dealing with torn ligaments in his right wrist. The injury didn’t seem to bother him Friday, as Bryant made 15 of 31 shots for 42 points in a 97-92 win over Cleveland . Bryant is averaging 29.7 points over the last seven matchups with the Lakers winning five. He scored 37 points in the most recent meeting, a 112-104 win March 25.
On the other side, Chris Paul’s acquisition has made the Clippers a Western Conference contender, an expectation they’re backing up on the court.Paul is averaging 16.1 points while ranking among the NBA leaders with 8.8 assists and 2.8 steals, and the Clippers are gaining steam by winning four of five while holding opponents under 90 points in each victory. Griffin is the team leader with 23.3 points per game and 10.8 rebounds.
I think DeAndre Jordan will be a good match up for the big two Gasol and Bynum. Also, very important, the back up point guard for the LAkers, Steve Blake will miss 3-4 weeks due to a rib injury.
A few NBA stats on the Lakers :
Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog of 0.5-4.5.
Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog.