2019-20 NBA Season (74th NBA Season)
Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 3:30 p.m. ET (Staples Center)
Over/Under: 225; Clippers -2 (-107)
Best Moneyline: Lakers +120, Clippers -130
In today's intraconference rivalry matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers (48-13) and Los Angeles Clippers (43-19), the Lakers are aiming to maintain the top spot in the Western Conference standings, whereas the Clippers are fighting to earn the No. 1 ranking in the conference. They currently trail the Lakers by 5.5 games. Thus far, the Los Angeles Lakers are 34-26-1 ATS and 30-31 O/U this season, while the Los Angeles Clippers are 34-28 ATS and 28-33-1 O/U. This game can be watched on ABC, NBA League Pass, and via a live streaming service. Referencing the Land of Basketball database, based on 222 regular season games played all-time head-to-head, the Lakers are 148-74 versus the Clippers. This season, the Clippers are 2-0 against the Lakers, winning 112-102 on Oct. 22, 2019 and 112-102 on Dec. 25, 2019.
In the 2018-19 season, the series was split 2-2, with the Clippers winning 118-107 on Dec. 28, 2018 and 113-105 on Mar. 4, 2019. Then, the Lakers won 123-120 in overtime on Jan. 31, 2019 and 122-107 on Apr. 5, 2019. The Lakers have not swept the Clippers since the 2008-09 season series. Likewise, the Clippers have not swept the Lakers since the 2015-16 season. Moreover, in the Lakers' 113-103 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks, small forward LeBron James scored 37 points and accumulated 8 total rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and no blocks. Power forward Anthony Davis finished his game with 30 points, 9 rebounds, no assists or steals, and 2 blocks. Kyle Kuzma also had 11 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and no steals or blocks.
The Lakers' bench players scored a combined total of 33 points versus the Bucks. On top of Kuzma's 11 points earned from the bench, Alex Caruso closed out his performance with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, no steals, and 1 block. For more in-depth box score game statistics, Los Angeles shot 38-91 (41.8 percent) from the field, 6-32 (18.8 percent) from the three-point arc, and 31-38 (81.6 percent) at the free throw line. Additionally, the team concluded their 10-point margin of victory, home win with 52 rebounds, 19 assists, 11 steals, 4 blocks, and 50 points scored in the paint. Their largest lead of the game was by 15 points. The Lakers played exceptionally well defensively, allowing no more than 28 points in a single quarter. Los Angeles also scored 39 points in the third quarter alone.
Meanwhile, in the Clippers' 120-105 road win over the Houston Rockets, small forward Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and earned 6 total rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Power forward Montrezl Harrell ended his performance with 19 points, 10 rebounds, no assists or steals, and 2 blocks. Ivica Zubac had 17 points, 12 rebounds, no assists or steals, and 1 block. The Clippers' bench players scored a combined total of 49 points versus the Rockets. Aside from Harrell's 19 points earned from the bench, Jamychal Green finished his night with 11 points as well. For more in-depth box score game statistics, Los Angeles shot 39-84 (46.4 percent) from the field, 13-40 (32.5 percent) from beyond the arc, and 29-39 (74.4 percent) at the free throw line.
Plus, the Clippers ended their 15-point win with 67 rebounds, 22 assists, 5 steals, 6 blocks, and 46 points scored in the paint. Their largest lead of this matchup was by 30 points. Despite the team surrendering 40 points in the forth quarter, the Clippers finished their first half with 67 points. This may have been another statement win for the Clippers. Furthermore, for the Lakers' betting trends, they are 3-7 ATS in their last ten games played against the Clippers. They are also 6-1 ATS in their past seven games played versus Western Conference opponents, and the total has gone under in twelve of the previous sixteen games against Pacific division opponents. Not to mention, the Lakers are 4-16 SU in their last twenty games played against the Clippers, and the total has gone over in four of the team's past five road games versus the Clippers. Needless to say, the Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last six away games.
Los Angeles has won nine of the past ten games played on their schedule; the Lakers are now on a three-game winning streak. The team has not lost a game since their 105-88 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies, played on Feb. 29. As for the players' statistics, Anthony Davis is leading the team in points and rebounds, averaging 26.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Ranking second in points, LeBron James is earning 25.6 points each game. Upon further review of the Lakers' injury report, fortunately, there are no major injuries listed for today's game. On the flip side, for the Clippers' betting trends, they are 6-1 SU in their last seven home games this season. They are also 4-1 ATS in their past five games played in the month of March, and the total has gone under in six of the team's previous seven games played versus Pacific division opponents.
It should go without saying that the total has gone over in four of the Clippers' last five home games against the Lakers, and they are 5-0 SU in their past five games versus Western Conference teams. Los Angeles has won seven of the last ten games on their schedule; the Clippers are on a six-game winning streak. On Feb. 22, the day of their most recent loss, was the team's 112-103 defeat to the Sacramento Kings. For the players' statistics, Kawhi Leonard is leading the team in points and rebounds, averaging 26..9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Ranking second in points, Paul George is earning 20.9 points each game. Now, after evaluating the Clippers' injury report, the team does not have any injuries posted. This is one of the few times when both teams have healthy starters.
Cover The Spread 365 2019-20 NBA Season Betting Trends
Los Angeles Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Lakers' past 6 games.
LA Lakers are 10-1 SU in their previous 11 games.
LA Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against the LA Clippers.
LA Lakers are 4-16 SU in their past 20 games versus the LA Clippers.
Los Angeles Clippers
LA Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Clippers' past 7 games.
LA Clippers are 6-0 SU in their previous 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of the LA Clippers' last 20 games against the LA Lakers.
LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their past 7 games at home.
Free NBA Expert Picks Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions
In the previous three head-to-head meetings, the Clippers are 2-1 versus the Lakers. They are also 2-1 ATS, 1-2 O/U, and averaged 113.33 points in these three games. On top of out-rebounding them 46.67 to 46, the Clippers had a higher field goal percentage of 47.08 percent. For three-point shooting, the Lakers shot 39/110 from beyond the arc, whereas the Clipper shot 30/85. In comparison to the Lakers ranking 7th for scoring offense, averaging 114.6 points per game, the Clippers rank 4th, averaging 116.2 points each game.
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