L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers Preview

The division rival Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are set to renew hostilities on Sunday when they meet at STAPLES Center.

L.A. Clippers At L.A. Lakers
When: 9:30 PM ET, Sunday, April 5, 2015
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 9 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Clippers), TWC SportsNet (Lakers)
PREDICTION: Clippers 122, Lakers 96
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Oddsmakers currently have the Clippers listed as 12-point favorites versus the Lakers, while the game’s total is sitting at 212.

The Lakers were a 107-77 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the +10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Proving they are the best team in Los Angeles is still a big deal to the Clippers despite the Lakers’ porous season. “They’re just down right now,” forward Matt Barnes told reporters, “but you know an organization like that is not going to stay down, so we’re just taking advantage of them being down and making sure we kick their (rear) every chance we get.” Barnes scored 19 points in the most-recent meeting when the Clippers registered a 114-89 victory.

Team record: 20-55 SU,36-36-3 ATS
LA Lakers is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
LA Lakers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
LA Lakers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
LA Lakers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Los Angeles was a 107-92 winner in its last match on the road against the Nuggets. They covered the -11-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 199 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Los Angeles coach Byron Scott said at Saturday’s practice that small forward Nick Young (fractured left kneecap) won’t play again this season. Young has missed the past 20 games and struggled even when healthy by averaging 13.4 points on a career-low 36.6 percent from the field. “It’s just a matter of getting him healthy – and understanding going into next year his priorities need to be a little different,” Scott told reporters. “He’s a home run or strikeout type guy on the offensive end. Just like I told him, he has to elevate his game.”

Team record: 51-26 SU,36-41 ATS
LA Clippers is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
LA Clippers is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Clippers’s last 9 games
LA Clippers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

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