The NBA regular season enters it last full week today with a whole list of games on the schedule. Four spots in the postseason remain open in the Western Conference and the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference it still up for grabs.
There are a number of great games on the schedule including the Los Angeles Clippers hosting the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Clippers are 54-23 straight up and 43-33-1 against the spread. The Clippers last game was a home loss 113-107 against Dallas. On Bovada, the Clippers had been a favorite by 4 points in that game.
J.J. Redick returned for his first game in two months for the Clippers scoring 12 points as a reserve in 24 minutes of action. Redick should be a starter for the Clippers shortly.
The Clippers loss against Dallas snapped the team’s winning streak of four games both SU and ATS according to topbet.
Betonline data indicates that the OVER has cashed in 5 of the past 5 Clippers games. The Clippers scoring average has been up in its past five games, but their defense against scoring has also increased.
At this time, according to data from online bookmaker sportsbook.com, the Clippers are No. 3 in the Western Conference playoff race, two games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and three in front of No. 4 Houston.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers likely is more concerned in having his players’ healthy heading towards the postseason.
Team high scorer Blake Griffin has experienced ankle and back problems However, he should play against the Lakers. Danny Granger and Jamal Crawford will likely miss the remainder of the regular season, making it difficult to prepare for the postseason.
The Clippers according to Bovada are 6-4 against the spread this season on two days rest. However, the Clippers are 0-3 against the number over their past 3 games played at home, with their home record for the season ATS at home at 18-19.
The Lakers have an overall record of 25-51 straight up and 39-36-1 against the spread. Their record is bad enough to be the 6th worst in the NBA.
Pau Gasol is battling vertigo. He is one of a number of players sidelined. Ryan Kelly and Jordan Hill started in Friday’s loss to Dallas, giving the Lakers a very small lineup. The Clippers will be able to take a huge advantage Sunday on the boards versus the Lakers.
The Clippers have covered the spread and won outright in 6 of the past 7 games versus the Lakers. The Clippers have won by 36 and 48 points the past two times they faced the Lakers.
The Clippers are favored by 16 points with the over/under total sitting on 226.
Pick: Clippers 124-90.