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Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers odds, picks and prediction

Dec 13, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris (88) moves the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers (37-28) meet their arena-mate the Los Angeles Clippers (44-22) Thursday at their shared home of Staples Center with the Clippers technically being the host. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Raptors-Clippers odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Lakers snapped a three-game losing skid by upsetting the Denver Nuggets Tuesday 93-89 as 4-point home dogs.

They’ve lost six of the last eight games (1-6-1 against the spread), and the Lakers are only 1 game in front of the seventh-place Portland Trail Blazers, which puts them in danger of participating in the postseason play-in.

The Clippers also ended a three-game drought after beating Kawhi Leonard‘s former team in the Toronto Raptors, 105-100, but failed to cover as 11-point home favorites.

The Clippers are going for a season sweep of the Lakers after winning and covering in the first two games. The Clippers have won and covered five of their six meetings with the Lakers since acquiring Kawhi and Paul George in 2019.

Lakers at Clippers: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:15 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: Lakers +275 (bet $100 to win $275) | Clippers -350 (bet $350 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Lakers +8 (-110) | Clippers -8 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 210.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

Lakers at Clippers: Key injuries

Lakers

  • SF LeBron James (ankle) out
  • SG Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols) out
  • PF Anthony Davis (calf) probable
  • SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) probable
  • Marc Gasol (finger) probable
  • SF Kyle Kuzma (thumb) probable

Clippers

  • PF Serge Ibaka (back) out

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Lakers at Clippers: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Clippers 109, Lakers 98

Money line (ML)

PASS even though there’s a strong chance the Clippers (-350) win outright considering the Lakers’ injury issues and how lopsided their head-to-head series has been since the beginning of last season.

However, the Clippers (-350) is too rich for my blood considering Anthony Davis when right is an All-NBA talent and is good enough on both ends of the floor to take this game over.

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Against the spread (ATS)

“LEAN” to the CLIPPERS -8 (-110) for a half unit mostly because we don’t fully know who’s in the Lakers starting 5.

If all the Lakers’ projected starters actually suit up, their defense could be strong enough to keep this game within a couple of possessions but if one or two of these guys miss the Clippers could run away with this one.

Over/Under (O/U)

Slight “LEAN” to the UNDER 210.5 (-105) for a quarter unit because these Lakers-Clippers games have been “rock fights” over the past two seasons, and the Under has cashed in five of their last six meetings.

We have some “reverse line movements” with nearly 90% of the money on the Over (according to Pregame.com), but the total has been steamed down from the 212.5-point opener.

Also, the Under has cashed in the past six Clippers games and play at the third-slowest pace.

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