Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers
Wednesday, 4/4/12, 10:30 PM EST, TV: ESPN
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The Los Angeles Lakers will be finishing up a back-to-back set on Wednesday night after capturing a 91-87 win over the New Jersey Nets as 8.5-point home favorites. The Lakers have won five of their last seven games, but have failed to cover the spread in any of those contests. The team nearly squandered a 17-point lead, as it played without starting center Andrew Bynum, who is listed as questionable for tonight’s game in this intra-city rivalry. “We tend to relax a bit with a double-digit lead,” commented Lakers coach Mike Brown. Los Angeles is 21-32 ATS on the season and the “over” is 29-24.
The Lakers will look to star guard Kobe Bryant on the offensive end, as he’s averaged 31.5 points in this last four games as a road player inside the Staplers Center against the Los Angeles Clippers. He came into last night’s game leading the NBA in averaging 28.1 points per game. The series is split with each team winning a game apiece, as the designated home team has covered each contest.
The Los Angeles Clippers are enjoying their longest win streak since capturing six wins in a row in March 1992, as they look to win the season series against their city rivals for the first time in 19 years. The Clippers are 20-8 at home this season, including a 13-6 mark versus Western Conference opponents. Power forward Blake Griffin managed to score 15 points and grab 16 rebounds for his 33rd double-double of the season in helping the team capture a resounding 94-75 win over the Dallas Mavericks as 4.5-point road underdogs on Monday night. Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS off an upset win as an underdog.
The Clippers definitely have a major advantage in tonight’s affair due to the recent success of the host in this series, as the home team has captured nine of the last 10 meetings. The team hopes that guard Randy Foye continues to be a force on the offensive end in replacement of veteran Chauncey Billups, as he’s averaged 21.7 points over the last three games, including a season-high 28 points versus the Mavericks. Griffin has held his own in the paint, combining to score 48 points and grab 23 rebounds in the two earlier meetings.
Bettors will likely back the Clippers due to their 5-1 ATS mark in their last six games, while the Lakers are 0-7 ATS following a straight-up win.
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