LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers Prediction ATS 2/25/22

by | Feb 25, 2022 | nba

Los Angeles Clippers (30-31 SU, 30-31-0 ATS) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (27-31 SU, 26-32-0 ATS)

When: Friday February 25 2022, 10:00 PM (ET)

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

TV: BSW

Point Spread: LAC +1.5/LAL -1.5 (Opened at LAC -1.5 Bovada - Check out their live betting platform! It’s incredible!)

Total: 223.5 (Opened at 224.5)

Money Line: LA Clippers 100/LA Lakers -120

Power Rating: LAC -.5

Probable Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Clippers PG Reggie Jackson, SG Terance Mann, SF Nicolas Batum, PF Marcus Morris, C Ivica Zubac

Los Angeles Lakers PG Russell Westbrook, SG Malik Monk, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Stanley Johnson, C LeBron James Q

Key Injuries

Clippers
Paul George: elbow (OUT) Kawhi Leonard: knee (OUT) Norman Powell: foot (OUT) Jason Preston: foot (OUT) Jay Scrubb: toe (OUT)

Lakers
Carmelo Anthony: hamstring (OUT) Avery Bradley: knee (QUESTIONABLE) Anthony Davis: ankle (OUT) Kendrick Nunn: ankle (OUT)

The Los Angeles Clippers take on the Los Angeles Lakers In A Western Conference Matchup. Tip off at the Staples Center is set for 10:00 PM ET.

Recent Form

The Los Angeles Clippers come into this game with an overall record of 30-31, placing them 8th in the Western Conference. Throughout the season, Los Angeles has struggled in their 30 road contests, sitting at 12-18. Over their last five games, the Clippers have played well, picking up 3 wins. During this stretch, Los Angeles is averaging 112.0 points per game, 5.0 points more than their season average of 106.9. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 107.0 points per contest. The Clippers have been picking up wins while holding opponents to an average of 105.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 107.7. In the Los Angeles Clippers’ most recent game, Los Angeles took down Houston by a score of 142-111

The Los Angeles Lakers come into this game with an overall record of 27-31, placing them 9th in the Western Conference. So far, Los Angeles is above .500 at home, holding a record of 18-13. Over the Lakers’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. In this stretch, Los Angeles’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 113.0 points per game. Combined, the Lakers’ last five opponents are giving up 108.0 points per contest. In this recent cold stretch, the Lakers are allowing an average of 114.0 points per game, similar to their usual rate of 112.4. In the Los Angeles Lakers’ most recent game, Los Angeles took down Utah by a score of 106-101.

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Individual Player Analysis

As Los Angeles travels to take on the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers will be relying on Reggie Jackson to carry the scoring load. So far, Jackson is averaging 17 points per game on a field goal percentage of just 39%. However, as he gets set to take on the Lakers, he could be in line for a big game as Los Angeles allows their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 52.0 of their games. This figure places them 22nd among NBA defenses. On the other side, LeBron James leads the Lakers in scoring, averaging 29 points across his 44 games. Throughout the season, James has outscored his season average in 55.0% of his outings. Given that Los Angeles’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, LeBron James should be in line for a big performance. So far, the Clippers have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 56.25 of their games, giving them a rank of 22nd among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

The Lakers come into this game as the more efficient offensive team, averaging 106 points per 100 possessions. When playing as the superior offensive unit, Los Angeles is winning at a rate of 71%. These wins are coming by an average margin of 7.0 points. On the other side, the Clippers hold the advantage on the defensive end of the floor. So far, they have played 21 games as the better defensive team, picking up 10 wins.

The Historicals

Tonight’s game will be the third meeting of the season between the Clippers and Lakers. So far, the Clippers have taken both matchups.

How the Public is Betting the Clippers vs Lakers

75% are betting the Clippers against the spread.

67% are wagering on the game to go under the posted total of 223

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Heading into this matchup, both teams are dealing with injuries to key players. However, if Lebron James is able to play, look for the Lakers to pick up the win and cover the spread. I expect this to be a close game. However, outside of Reggie Jackson, the Clippers don’t have the firepower to keep up with one of the fastest-paced teams in the league. More Friday NBA: Pelicans vs. Suns Prediction