The Los Angeles Clippers (43-19) welcome the Los Angeles Lakers (48-13) in a matchup that pits outstanding offense against stifling defense. The game is scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers ATS Prediction
The last time the Lakers played, they beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-103, resulting in a push. The game’s combined points (216) were just over the O/U total set at BetMGM of 215. The Lakers held the Bucks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 10.6 (below their season average of 21.0) and had a free throw rate of 0.341 (above their season average of 0.194). With 37 points on 12-for-21 shooting, LeBron James was the game’s leading scorer.
The Clippers beat the Houston Rockets in their last game, 120-105, easily covering as 1.5-point favorites. The combined points for the game (225) were under the projected point total of 237.5. The Clippers held the Rockets to an effective field goal percentage of 0.397 (below their season average of 0.540) and had a free throw rate of 0.345 (above their season average of 0.229). Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers in scoring with 25 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field.
The Clippers have emerged victorious in both contests against the Lakers this year, including a 111-106 victory in their last matchup. The Clippers covered as 2-point underdogs and the game finished with a total of 217 points, which was just 4.5 points below the projected point total of 221.5 points. The Clippers made 24 of their 32 free throws (75.0 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.2 vs. 24.5). Leonard recorded a double-double with 35 points and 12 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Clippers Pick
Free NBA Tip: ATS Winner – Clippers, O/U – Under
When scoring above 100 points, the Lakers are 44-11 and the Clippers are 41-14.
Of the Lakers’ 31 road games, they have 16 overs and 15 unders.
In 31 home games, the Clippers have 16 unders and 15 overs.
The Lakers rank third in steals per game (8.6) while the Clippers rank 22nd (7.2).
The Lakers rank first in blocks per game (6.9) while the Clippers rank 15th (5.0).
The Lakers average 18.8 points off turnovers per game, which ranks fourth in the league. The Clippers rank 12th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.7).
In their last five contests, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Clippers are 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games.
The Lakers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.8, up from 7.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Clippers have scored an average of 119.8 points per game (3.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 104.8 points per game (4.9 below their season average).