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NBA Betting: Lakers vs. Clippers

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will be trying to fend off the rival Clippers on Saturday night as they highlight the NBA betting slate.

The Lakers have managed to cover the spread just once in their past five games against the Clippers, going 3-2 straight up in those games. The OVER/UNDER went 3-2 in those last five meetings.

View LA Lakers vs LA Clippers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Clippers in this one will find them as 2.5-point favorites, while the total was sitting at 187.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Clippers rated this week at No. 19 and the Lakers sitting at No. 6. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 100-97 result in favor of the Lakers today.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 98.8 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 4 at 89.9 PPG. The Clippers field goal percentage has averaged 46.7% so far, more than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, allowing 98.2 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the league in scoring at home.

Los Angeles was a 97-92 winner in its last match at home against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 189 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Lakers got a 42-point performance from Kobe Bryant as Los Angeles handed Cleveland a 97-92 defeat on Friday at STAPLES Center.

The Clippers were a 95-89 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Heat. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Clippers got a 27-point performance from Chris Paul, who added 11 assists as Los Angeles ran past Miami 95-89 on Wednesday at STAPLES Center.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Los Angeles Clippers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing New Jersey are 3-7
After playing Miami are 1-9
After a win are 3-7

A few Lakers at Clippers trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the LA Lakers last 11 games when playing on the road against LA Clippers
LA Lakers are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games when playing LA Clippers
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the LA Lakers last 13 games
LA Clippers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the LA Clippers last 11 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Clippers last 5 games

Next up:
LA Lakers home to Dallas, Monday, January 16
LA Clippers home to New Jersey, Monday, January 16