The 38-17 LA Clippers will be in a back to back spot when they face a rested 25-28 LA Lakers team in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Staples Center in Los Angeles where the Lakers are the designated home team is scheduled for 10:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The odds from this pro basketball game has the road team LA Clippers favored by -3 ½ points with an over under line of 199 points. There has been a ½ point move on the Clippers as the team opened up as a -3 point favorite at the open.
This is the third meeting of the season between these two clubs. The Clippers have won and covered the spread in both games with one home and one away.
LA Clippers are 17-12 on the road this season. Not only are the Clippers on a back to back they are playing their fourth game in five nights with a cross country flight from Miami to LA mixed in. We saw some fatigue hit the team in the second half on Wednesday night with sloppy play. The Clippers come off the106-96 home win last night to the Houston Rockets as a -10 ½ point favorite. After posting 69 first half points the Clippers can only score 37 points in the second half in what was a tough spot for the team. It was the third straight win for the Clips. The team shot 50% from the field and 13 of 31 from the three point line. They allowed the Rockets 43.9% shooting and forced 21 Houston turnovers. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds on 6 of 10 shooting in 32 minutes. No Clipper played more than 32 minutes. The LA Clippers have defended well this season by limiting teams to just 93.6 points a game and 43.5% shooting which ranks fourth in both key defensive categories in the NBA.
The Lakers are 16-10 on their home court. They returned home off a seven game road trip with one day of rest with a sluggish 91-85 home win against the Phoenix Suns as a -8 ½ point betting favorite. The total came in at under 201 ½ points. The fatigue showed in the second half as the Lakers scored just 35 second half points to a bad defensive team in Phoenix. The LA Lakers shot 43.4% from the floor and 7 of 21 from three. LA survived 19 turnovers by allowing Phoenix just 41.2% shooting and forcing 19 Suns turnovers. Dwight Howard had 19 points and 18 rebounds on 8 of 15 shooting. The Lakers are a top ten team in the league in two key offensive categories. They are points scored and field goal percentage. The LA Lakers average 101.6 points a game and connect on 45.6% from the field.