Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 10:35pm
Written by Adam Rauzino on March 20, 2017
Los Angeles Clippers (41-29; 34-36 ATS; 37-32 O/U) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (20-50; 30-38-2 ATS; 39-30 O/U)
NBA: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 10:30pm EST
Line: L.A. Clippers -10
The L.A. Clippers with square off with the L.A. Lakers in the battle of L.A. Tuesday night from the Staples Center. The Clippers crushed the Cavaliers 108-78 on Saturday night, and take on the Knicks Monday night, and the Lakers came close but lost 125-120 to the Cavaliers on Sunday night. The Lakers won the first meeting 111-102 and the Clippers responded with a 113-97 win in the second meeting.
The L.A. Clippers took advantage of a Cavaliers resting James, Irving and Love in their easy 108-78 home win on Saturday night. The Clippers shot a terrific 50% from the field, and held the Cavaliers to just 38% shooting. Blake Griffin led the way offensively with 23 points on a 10 for 17 clip from the field and added eight rebounds. The 28-year old power forward has slowed down a bit as of late, averaging only 17.4 points this month and leads the Clippers with 21.3 points per game. Chris Paul had a night he’d rather forget, going 0 for 8 from the field for five points along with seven assists. The 31-year old point guard is now on a rough 10 for 30 stretch from the field, and is averaging 17.5 points per game. Paul recored 20 points in the 113-97 win over the Lakers and did not play in the first meeting. The Clippers snapped their three game losing streak with the win and are now 5-5 over their last ten games.
L.A. features a strong scoring attack, now averaging 107.7 points per game, ranking them seventh in the NBA, and own a 47.1 field goal percentage. The Clippers are allowing an average of 104.7 points per game, placing them 12th in the NBA.
The L.A. Lakers almost put an end to their losing streak but could not hold onto a fourth quarter lead in their 125-120 home loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday night. The Lakers played the Cavs very tough, shooting 51.6% from the field, however Cleveland show 53%. D’Angelo Russell was tremendous, sinking 40 points on 14 for 22 shooting. The 21-year point guard had been quiet over his last five games prior to his 40 points, and is now averaging a team-leading 15.3 points per game. Jordan Clarkson also had a solid night, recording 19 points on 8 for 18 shooting. The 24-year old point guard is playing outstanding basketball, averaging 20.2 points this month, increasing his season average to 14.6 points per game. The Lakers were much more competitive in the loss to the Cavaliers which can’t be said for their other four losses during their current five game skid. They have now lost 13 out of their last 14 games and own a 12-21 record at the Staples Center this season.
The Lakers are now scoring an average of 104.6 points per game, ranking them 18th overall, and are shooting 44.7% from the field. L.A. is struggling big time defensively, now conceding an average of 111.9 points per game, placing them down at 28th in the NBA.
The L.A. Clippers are:
The L.A. Lakers are:
I am going with the Clippers in this one. The Lakers are a disaster on defense, surrendering an average of 118 points over their last ten games, so I expect the Clippers to put up big points. Also, the Clippers have been playing solid defense, allowing 100 or fewer points in four out of their last six games so they should contain the Lakers offense like they did in the latest meeting. The Lakers are the coldest team in the NBA right now so I expect the Clippers to take this in a blowout.
Opponents are now shooting a remarkable 48.2% against the Lakers defense as they continue to surrender huge points. The Lakers have allowed 118 or more points in five out of their last seven games and the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. The Clippers are dangerous offensively and they should pour on the points in this one, and they will give up points on defense, plus the over is 4-0 in their last four divisional games.
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Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about about various sports as well as personal finance. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.