Coming into the season, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers were considered to be two of the biggest contenders on the NBA futures in the Western Conference. So far, both are off to slow starts.
The Lakers finally got their first win of the season with a 108-79 blowout at home over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday to move to 1-3 SU and ATS. They’ll have a tough road test Wednesday when they visit the Utah Jazz.
Utah is also 1-3 SU and ATS this season, but all three of those losses came on the road. The Jazz beat Dallas 113-94 in their one home game so far this season. The Jazz were 25-8 SU at home last season and are 14-4 SU and 11-7 ATS in their last 18 home games. The Lakers are just 1-8 SU and 2-7 ATS over their last nine road games, but are 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven trips to Utah.
The Los Angeles Clippers (2-2 SU and ATS) have two tough games this week, hosting San Antonio on Wednesday and visiting Portland on Thursday. The Clippers won two straight both SU and ATS to start the season, but have lost two straight since. The total has gone OVER in all four games on the NBA betting lines at .
San Antonio is off to a 4-0 SU and 2-1-1 ATS start with back-to-back double-digit wins over Utah and Indiana. The Spurs are now 24-4 SU and 18-8-2 ATS over their last 28 games dating back to last season. The Spurs have owned this series over the last four years with a 16-2 SU and 14-4 ATS record in their last 18 games against the Clippers.
The Clippers entered 2012 with a 2-12 SU and 4-10 ATS record in their last 14 games against the Portland Trail Blazers, but won the series 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS last year. Like the Clippers, Portland is off to a 2-2 SU and ATS start on the season.