NBA Basketball Odds — Lakers Are the Double-Digit Home Underdog Against Clippers
There has been quite a reversal going on in the NBA over the last few seasons, as the Los Angeles Clippers have become the dominant team in Tinseltown, with the Los Angeles Lakers playing the role of the “red-headed stepchild” at the Staples Center. These teams will meet up for the third time this season at 10:35 PM ET, in the second half of the TNT-televised Thursday night doubleheader. The Lakers are the home team.
The Clippers are harboring legitimate aspirations to win the title, and they are fortifying their roster for that purpose. They are 42-20 straight-up on the season, and as the Pacific Division leaders, they have the #4 position in the Western Conference playoff queue. The Lakers are just trying to stay out of the West cellar, and now they are tied with Utah Jazz for the bottom of the conference, with a 21-40 straight-up mark. These teams are profitable for sportsbook betting supporters – the Clippers are 36-26 against the spread, while the Lakers are 32-27.
At BetAnySports, the Clippers are favored by a double-digit margin:
Los Angeles Clippers -11
Los Angeles Lakers +11
Over 224.5 points -110
Under 224.5 points -110
It would be interesting to know how many Laker fans have moved over to the Clipper side since that team became the “top dog” in the city. It would certainly impact the makeup of the crowd on Thursday night. You’ve got to imagine the “glitterati” are fickle by nature, and they may not look upon the Lakers too favorably these days.
None of this was foreseen on opening night, when the Lakers nailed 14 triples and won a 116-103 shocker – as a ten-point underdog in the NBA betting odds, no less. The rematch, held on January 10, was a farce, with the Clippers shutting the Lakers down from the three-point arc and holding them to 34.5% shooting overall in a 123-87 romp.
The Lakers (+500 to win straight-up at BetAnySports) have started to bring some of their injured players back into action, and that has made them a little more offensive, rather than just offensive to everyone’s sensibilities. They have scored over 100 points in eight of their last nine games. Unfortunately they are missing Nick Young, who is out with a knee injury. And the Clippers are likely going to be without Jamal Crawford, who is still dealing with a calf injury.
By the way, in case you missed it, the Clippers added Danny Granger (waived by Philadelphia) and Glen “Big Baby” Davis (bought out by Orlando) to the roster. Davis has played 28 minutes in three games, scoring seven points. Granger has played four minutes in two games and is scoreless.
Although the Lakers have won two of their last three games, the Clippers are the hotter side, with five straight wins, both straight-up and against the NBA basketball odds. The Lakers have played seven of their last nine games over the total, while the Clippers have shot 50% or better in eight of their last twelve games.