Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Free Picks, Predictions, Las Vegas Odds and NBA Basketball Sports Betting

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L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
505-Los Angeles Clippers -6 -110 -240 Ov 217½ -105
506-Los Angeles Lakers +6 -110 +200 Un 217½ -115

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Staples Center.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (2016-17: 51-31): The preseason expectations are lower with the departure of Paul, but Los Angeles did manage to keep another of its stars by signing power forward Blake Griffin to a five-year, $173 million extension. Griffin averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season but only played in 61 games – the third straight season in which he failed to reach 70 games – and is excited for the opportunity to work with his new teammates. “We have a lot of guys who can contribute and put up big numbers and play key roles in winning games,” Griffin told the Orange County Register. “It’s not like two or three guys you have to key in on. We have a lot. We have so many unique talents, it’s tough to game-plan.”

ABOUT THE LAKERS (2016-17: 26-56):
 Los Angeles owned the league’s third-worst scoring defense in 2016-17, allowing an average of 111.5 points, and made a pair of moves to aid the defense by bringing in veteran center Andrew Bogut and swingman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. “Our guys have really committed and bought in to becoming a better defensive team,” Walton told reporters. “It’s still going to take time, obviously. But as long as they keep working the way they do and want to continue to get better the way they do, then we’ll be a very solid defensive team. I’m thrilled with the strides they’re making.” The Lakers also added a scoring threat in the middle with center Brook Lopez, who averaged 20.5 points for the Brooklyn Nets last season.

Oddsmakers opened the Clippers as -5-point favorites versus the Lakers, while the game’s total opened at 217.

The Los Angeles Lakers have a new front office led by Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and a new roster that includes No. 2 overall draft pick Lonzo Ball. The Los Angeles Clippers, who will serve as the visitors in the arena shared by both teams in their season opener on Thursday, have a new look as well after waving goodbye to point guard Chris Paul over the summer.

Ball, 19, joins swingman Brandon Ingram, 20, and forward Julius Randle, 22, in a promising young core, and he is expected to start the opener after missing time in the preseason with a sprained left ankle. “Lonzo showed why he’s going to be really good, but he also showed that he’s been out for a couple of weeks with some of the turnovers that he had,” Los Angeles coach Luke Walton told reporters after watching Ball scrimmage in his return to practice on Monday. The Clippers are breaking in their new point guard as well in defensive specialist Patrick Beverley, who came over from the Houston Rockets in the deal that sent away Paul. Beverley will share ballhandling duties with Serbian Milos Teodosic, who came over to the NBA from Europe after leading Serbia to a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics, and Austin Rivers, who sat out most of the preseason with a hip injury but is expected to be ready Thursday.

The Lakers were a 109-94 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Warriors. They failed to cover the +13.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (203) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 104-91 loser as they battled the Jazz at home. The Clippers failed to cover in the match as a -3.5-point favorite, while 195 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Next up:
Los Angeles home to Phoenix Saturday, October 21
Los Angeles at Phoenix Friday, October 20

NBA Sports Betting Tips

1. Lopez attempted 387 3-pointers last season, 356 more than in the first eight seasons of his career combined.

2. Clippers C DeAndre Jordan led the league in field-goal percentage (71.4) last season while ranking third in rebounding (13.8)

3. The Clippers have taken three straight and 14 of the last 15 in the series.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Los Angeles Lakers will cover the spread at +6 and the game will stay under 217½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Clippers 104, Lakers 102 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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