Los Angeles Clippers (@1.87) vs Los Angeles Lakers (@2.0)

Our Prediction:

Los Angeles Clippers will win

Los Angeles Clippers – Los Angeles Lakers Match Prediction | 25-08-2019 20:10

Given the playoff implications for the matchup, I cant see this game getting too out of hand and expect the point total to come in well short of the 234 mark. Expect this game to be a bit more low scoring compared to the previous matchups as the Lakers should be playing with more of a playoff mentality. Given that the Lakers are extremely inconsistent, I dont trust them as a four-point favorite and instead look to the point total.

The Clippers have gotten great play at times out of recently acquired rookie Landry Shamet alongside existing promising rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Harrells energy is infectious and impacts the entire Clipper roster, resulting in a gritty bunch that prides itself on outhustling their opponent. Despite trading away star Tobias Harris and fan-favorite Boban Marjanovi, the Clippers have somehow continued their strong play in the loaded Western Conference. However, the duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have been the duo that continues to power the Clippers. While not expected to make a deep postseason run, the Clippers have actually moved up in the standings, going 6-4 since the trade.

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The Lakers chances could all but be ended with a loss in this game. The Lakers would need to catch fire and still get some help in order to qualify for the postseason. The Clippers dealt star Tobias Harris to the 76ers at the trading deadline but the rest of the team continues to play well, and the Clips are in good shape to make the playoffs.

Once again without the likes of Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, fellow rookie Josh Hart starred as he dropped his third-straight 20-point game and also added seven rebounds with two steals. Ingram had a debut to remember as he dropped 19 points (6-8 FG, 4-5 3-PT FG) off the bench. Meanwhile, Andre Ingram stole the show as he made his NBA debut after working for ten long years in the G League. The Los Angeles Lakers (34-46) lost their last home game of the season as they fell to the Houston Rockets, 105-99. Julius Randle added 17 points and eight rebounds in just 18 minutes of play.

Whether theyre jealous of the Clippers or not, the Lakers can vent some of their frustrations on Doc Rivers squad this Friday in the two teams last meeting of the season. See the odds of the Clippers and other playoff-bound teams to win the NBA title this year here. The Los Angeles Lakers were the ones supposed to be the LA team making a run for the playoffs spot and not the Los Angeles Clippers, but thats clearly not the case.

The two Los Angeles teams will end the regular season the way they began it: squaring off at Staples Center.

However, thats what the team is facing down the stretch. The Lakers will need an incredible finish to have a shot at the postseason, and that trek needs to begin this week against the Los Angeles Clippers. When the season began it was nearly unthinkable to consider the Los Angeles Lakers would miss the playoffs after acquiring LeBron James in free agency.

They understand that they need to win tonight and that a loss will likely ensure theyre watching the playoffs from their couches. The Lakers are in a state of disarray right now, but their backs are more or less against the wall. Despite the gobs of talent, the Lakers are one of the most inconsistent teams in the NBA and cannot be trusted to pick up a win on any given night at this point.

Six of the players were in double digits and Clippers were a better team on each and every end of the floor. The Clippers are still fighting hard for a playoff spot in the West and are currently sitting in seventh place. Having beaten the New York Knicks yesterday, 128-107, Landry Shamet led the team with 21 points alongside Danilo Gallinari - who contributed 20 too. Also, Montrezl Harrelland Lou Williams scored 18 points apiece coming off the bench.

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Leading the scorers of the LA Lakers is PF Kyle Kuzma with 19.1 ppg, 46.6% in FG shooting, and 76.2% from the free throw line. The Lakers have 47.3 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 5.6 blocks, and 7.7 steals per outing. The Los Angeles Lakers are struggling with 112.1 ppg at 47.4% from the field and restrains other teams to 111.9 ppg. The Los Angeles Lakers is 9th in the West with a 26-25 win/loss tally and presently ranks 15th in the League. The team is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 matches on the road and 9 out of 12 contests went under the totals.

Although most of the hype has been about the former UCLA star, Kyle Kuzma was the more impressive in the preseason. In Magic Johnsons first full season as Head of Basketball Operations, can the young core of LA in Lonzo, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and others get the season off on the right track? Although it was questionable whether Lonzo Ball would start on Thursday night, the Lonzo era looks set to begin at the Staples Center against the Clippers. Whether his good run of form will continue in the regular season remains to be seen.

James doesnt want to miss the playoffs without putting up a fight. The Lakers are also the choice on the spread as it should be a small one. The Clippers have the better team overall but the Lakers should play with a huge sense of urgency in this one. He should have a big game to help the Lakers pull a little bit closer to the Clippers with a victory. The Lakers have an outside shot at making the playoffs and they figure to put together one more small run.

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The Clippers have won two straight games and six of their past 10 as they aim to claim a postseason berth when few foresaw that happening when the year began. The Clippers have a record of 36-29 on the season. They are 18-17 on the road, but they get to sleep in their own beds for this one so its not a typical road game.

Hes played impressively this April, putting up 16.2 points and 5.0 rebounds. If he gets over 30 minutes like he did against New Orleans, he could be up for another big night. But Harrell might just be this teams top fantasy option for this game. As for the Clippers, Wallace will continue to get his shots if Rivers and Williams miss out.