After an All-Star weekend with lots of hidden messages from LeBron, the 27-31 Lakers are desperate to get off to a good start in the second half of the season when they face the 30-31 Clippers at 7:00 dark. PST.
The Lakers will be without Anthony Davis for a while and have won only once in their last four games. Meanwhile, the Clippers have gone four games in a row and have beaten the Lakers twice this season.
Will LeBron avoid a third straight loss to city rivals or is the value in the Clippers?
This is odds via WynnBET:
Look, the writing on the wall is for the Lakers. With profits from the Russell Westbrook acquisition ranging from “irreparable disaster” to “holy smoke, it’s the worst deal ever” plus Anthony Davis’s constant inability to stay healthy , one can understand why LeBron appears to be plotting a retreat from Los Angeles.
The Lakers aren’t a great basketball team and I’ll happily remove them as long as the book allows. They are 13-22-1 against the favorites (ATS) and 12-18-1 at home this season. With a net rating of the bottom 10, they’ve been overvalued for a whole year and it looks like the odds makers haven’t adjusted properly.
The Clippers, on the other hand, are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as a weaker team and seem to have the Lakers’ numbers. When the two teams met earlier this month, the Clippers were the team with four points. Anthony Davis had 30 points and 17 rebounds while the Clippers won in the last second. Now that Anthony Davis is absent and the Clippers have four games in a row, are the Lakers somehow favored?
Nonsense. Clippers should be in favor here and I won’t hear anything else. This is an easy call for me, just as the Lakers lacked throughout this past season. They have nothing to go for and with the turmoil surrounding LeBron, I expect them to stumble across the finish line.
Pick: Clippers +1 (-110)
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