NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers
Thursday, 2/14/13, 10:30 PM EST, TV:  TNT
Opening Point Spread:  Clippers -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Clippers -3
Opening Total:  199
Current Total:  199
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Los Angeles Lakers are 21-5 SU all-time against the Los Angeles Clippers when being the designated home team at the Staples Center
The Los Angeles Lakers are 21-5 SU all-time against the Los Angeles Clippers when being the designated home team at the Staples Center

The Los Angeles Clippers have won three games in a row, including a 106-96 victory over the Houston Rockets as 10.5-point home favorites Wednesday night, while going UNDER the posted total of 208.  The Clippers hold a 6.5-game lead in the Pacific Division standings, as they try to close out a solid stretch before the NBA All-Star break.  “We’ve shown to lose our discipline sometimes,” commented Clippers guard Chauncey Billups.  The team is 21-5 overall at the Staples Center, including a 15-3 mark versus Western Conference foes.  Los Angeles is 6-7 ATS when playing on back-to-back days this season, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread Thursday night.

The Clippers are worthy of being road favorites when looking over the pro basketball odds page, as they’ve won and covered the spread in their first two meetings with the Lakers this year, while both games climbed OVER the total.  Los Angeles will look for a big game from forward Blake Griffin, who has averaged 20.0 points and 10.2 rebounds in nine career meetings in this crosstown rivalry.

The Los Angeles Lakers have alternated wins and losses over their last five games, as they come off a 91-85 victory over the Phoenix Suns as 8.5-point home favorites Tuesday night, while going UNDER the posted total of 201.5.  The Lakers were fortunate to come away with a win in that affair, considering guard Kobe Bryant finished with just four points on 1 for 8 shooting from the floor.  He has averaged 35.3 points on 55.6 percent shooting in his last six games versus the Clippers.  Los Angeles is 4-11 ATS as an underdog this year, with the OVER going 10-4-1 in that situation.

The Lakers are 21-5 all-time against the Clippers when being designated as the home team at this venue, including wins in nine of the last 10.  Los Angeles ranks sixth in the league in averaging 101.6 points per game, but occupy the 23rd spot in allowing 100.5.  Center Dwight Howard seems to be coming around, finishing with 19 points and 18 rebounds versus the Suns last time out.

Sports bettors will likely back the Lakers due to their 2-0 ATS mark as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points, while the Clippers are 3-5 ATS in February.

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