Los Angeles Lakers vs LA Clippers Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Los Angeles Lakers reign at the top of the Western Conference and open the season’s return against the LA Clippers.
- The LA Clippers are up 2-1 in the season series against their city rivals.
- This will be one of two games on the NBA’s first day back.
Lakers vs Clippers Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total Points||Moneyline|
|LA Clippers||+4.5 -112||O 216 -112||+165|
|LA Lakers||-4.5 -109||U 216 -109||-200|
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Lakers vs Clippers Predictions and Picks
Take the Lakers in this matchup. The Clippers are undermanned at the moment and aren’t looking to overwork their injury-prone stars in order to win when they’ve already clinched a playoff spot. On the other side of things, the Lakers look rested and ready to enter this final stretch of the resumed season. Their bench unit has looked impressive in scrimmages and project to be adept support for James and Davis.
Pick: Los Angeles Lakers (moneyline) -200
How to Watch Lakers vs Clippers
|Lakers vs Clippers Information|
|TV Channel | Radio||TNT, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Spectrum SportsNet | AM 570 LA Sports, ESPN LA 710/KWKW (S), ESPNR|
|Live Stream||NBA League Pass|
|Date & Time||Thursday, July 30, 2020; 9:00 PM EST|
|Venue||The Arena (WWOS), Orlando, FL|
Los Angeles Lakers (Away) Stats and Preview
|Lakers Key Facts|
|Head Coach||Frank Vogel|
|Standing||49-14 (1st in Western Conference, 2nd Overall)|
|Form||L (vs. BKN) – W (at LAC) – W (vs. MIL) – W (vs. PHI)|
|Lakers’ Top Performers|
The Los Angeles Lakers open the NBA’s return against their chief rival in the Western Conference, if not in the NBA, the LA Clippers. The Lakers are currently losing the season series against the Clippers 1-2 with this, the last match remaining between them this season.
It’s been a tightly contested affair between the two sides so far this season. The Lakers have been able to enact their signature showtime style, but they’ve struggled to find efficiency at times. Their three-point shooting can be a real game-changer, as they’re averaging 11.7 made three-point field goals against the Clippers.
They’ll have to contend with the Clippers’ excellent perimeter defenders and talented bench scoring unit. After retooling with a number of late-season additions, the Lakers will certainly be sporting an unfamiliar five at times.
Lakers Roster Notes
(G) Rajon Rondo – 13 July 2020 – OUT (Thumb) Expected to be out until at least September 1st.
(G) Avery Bradley – 23 June 2020 – OUT (Sitting Out) Bradley has chosen to not participate in the NBA’s return.
LA Clippers (Home) Stats and Preview
|Clippers Key Facts|
|Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|Standing||44-20 (2nd in Western Conference, 4th Overall)|
|Form||W (at GSW) – L (vs. LAL) – W (at HOU) – W (at OKC)|
|Clippers’ Top Performers|
The LA Clippers are entering the most important time of the season. With significant time off, the Clippers are ramping up their focus in order to compete for the NBA Championship. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have looked excellent in their prior scrimmages.
Concerns abound for the Clippers as Lou Williams won’t be available for this match and Patrick Beverley’s status is still up in the air. They’ve received some impressive contributions from new additions Joakim Noah and Marcus Morris, but how they’ll lineup is certainly a worry.
Much like the play style of their two stars Leonard and George, the Clippers are one of the league’s best two-way teams. Ranking third overall in offensive rating and fifth overall in defensive rating, their balance will cause issues for the Lakers.
LA Clippers Roster Notes
(G) Landry Shamet – 27 July 2020 – Day-to-Day (Illness) Shamet is likely to be available for Thursday’s matchup with the Lakers.
(G) Patrick Beverley – 27 July 2020 – Day-to-Day (Personal) Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said that Beverley is a “maybe” for Thursday’s match against the Lakers.
(G) Lou Williams – 26 July 2020 – Day-to-Day (Quarantine) Williams will be under quarantine protocol for ten days after breaking NBA bubble rules.
What’s At Stake?
A win for the LA Clippers would bring them within 4.5 games of the Los Angeles Lakers who sit first in the Western Conference.
A win for the Los Angeles Lakers would give them a 6.5 game lead over the LA Clippers who reside at second in the Western Conference.
The Lakers have dominated the Clippers in the all-time series. Over 157 meetings, the Lakers have won 103 to the Clippers’ 54.
The Lakers Want to Assert Their Dominance
LeBron James played organized basketball for the first time in 135 days and showed no rust today
“I’m still the baddest man out here!” 👑 pic.twitter.com/iMecb95Nb1
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 24, 2020
This match will be the Los Angeles Lakers’ last opportunity to defeat the Clippers during the regular season and bring the season series level. They won their most recent meeting with the Clippers in March, but the matchup has been tightly contested every time.
These two teams are so closely matched that the difference will be seen in the Lakers’ star players. LeBron James continues to dazzle, despite his age, and Anthony Davis has been the leader of a tremendous defensive line. The Lakers added some new guns throughout the season and they will be put to the test in this first matchup.
James will be the first player to lead the NBA in assists per game from the forward position in history. His playmaking ability is generational and tailored to promoting the success of spot-up shooters like Danny Green, Quinn Cook, and JR Smith. Against the Clippers’ dynamic defensive group, conversion on kick outs will be key for a Lakers victory.
The LA Clippers Will Rely on their Bench
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 24, 2020
Lou Williams is not expected to be available for this matchup while Patrick Beverley’s status is up in the air. They’ll also may be missing Landry Shamet, due to his positive coronavirus test. Due to those absences, expect Doc Rivers to rely heavily on a hybrid lineup of his bench and starters.
In the spotlight is center Montrezl Harrell. Harrell is one of the best sixth men in the game and is averaging 18.6 points per game on 58% shooting from the field. Despite Los Angeles’ tremendous length in the paint, Harrell’s blue collar style has remained effective. Against the Lakers this season, Harrell has been averaging 18.3 points and 7.0 rebounds on 66.7% shooting from the field.
With expected three-point guards unavailable for this game, it will be up to Kawhi Leonard, and his new and improved playmaking, to create opportunities for his teammates. New addition Reggie Jackson was rather understated upon joining the Clippers but will be relied upon with Beverley and Williams out.
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