It’s an all Hollywood showdown as the Clippers and Lakers, both of Los Angeles meet tonight in Tinseltown. The Lakers will be occupying their normal bench location alongside Jack Nicholson when the tip off is held in the Staples Center at 10:35 PM ET. The game will be the second half of a NBA doubleheader on ESPN following the Heat-Knicks contest.
The Clippers (1-0) won their home opener on Wednesday, right here at Staples, 101-92 over the Memphis Grizzlies. Jamal Crawford had 29 points in his first game for L.A. Blake Griffen and Chris Paul were held to a combined 23. Lamar Odom faces his old team after scoring just 2 in the opener. Grant Hill will miss this one due to knee issues. Check the Basketball Odds for the Clippers vs. Lakers Game.
The Lakers (0-2) have dropped their first 2 games this year and are a combined 0-10 including 8 preseason losses. They lost the opener to Dallas 99-91 and on Wednesday fell to the Trailblazers 116-106. They may be without new point guard Steve Nash tonight as he is doubtful, due to a leg contusion suffered against the Blazers. Dwight Howard had 33 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
These two teams last met in April 2012, when the Lakers won 113-108. In that one, the Lakers were 3 point underdogs, pulling off an upset. In a January 2012 matchup, the Lakers won 96-91 as 4 point favorites. In another January 2012 game, the Clippers won 102-94 as 2 ½ point favorites.
The Clippers are 1-4-1 ATS when coming off of 1 day of rest. The Lakers are 1-5-1 ATS in Friday night games, and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Interestingly, as these two teams share the same home arena, the team listed as the home team has covered in 8 of the last 10 meetings between them. Start your NBA Betting action on the Clippers vs. Lakers Game.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the last 5 games between these two teams. The total has gone OVER in 7 of their last 10 matchups.
The Lakers have not started a season 0-3 since before acquiring Magic Johnson in the 1978 draft.
The Lakers are 3 point (-$110) “home” favorite to get their first victory, according to SBG Global’s Sportsbook oddsmakers. The under/over is 192 total points also on a $110/$100 moneyline.
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