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Dan Hunter 06 May 2021
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Los Angeles Lakers @ LA Clippers Tips


In an all-LA “derby” clash, the Los Angeles Lakers take on the LA Clippers in a much-anticipated regular-season NBA rematch on Friday, May 7. These two teams have met just once this season in March 2021, and on that occasion the Clippers were worthy winners’ 104-86. The Lakers have lost their way badly in recent weeks, and are currently sixth in the Western Conference, while the Clippers have been solid all season, are a deserved third. 

The Clippers were recently within touching distance of topping the Western Conference, but a sequence of three-straight defeats put paid to that. The Clippers have since rebounded to defeat the 2019 NBA Champions the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday (May 5). Meanwhile the Lakers have struggled since their no.1 player LeBron James sustained an injury that kept him sidelined for 20 games. While James has since returned, he is far from 100%. 

On Tuesday the Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 93-89, their first win in four matches. I’m backing the Clippers to add to their city rival’s woes by handing them yet another defeat on Friday, by at least ten points. 

  • Clippers 3rd in Western Conference
  • Clippers 44-22 this season 
  • Lakers 6th in Western Conference
  • Lakers 37-28 this season

Head to Head


In one of the great NBA rivalries, the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers have played each other 226 times in regular-season games, with the Lakers leading their head-to-head by 150 wins to 76. However, in their last ten matches covering the past three seasons, the Clippers are ahead 6-4. The Clippers have won their only match this season in March 104-86. 

LA Clippers Form


The Clippers were going great guns until they recently lost three-straight games, to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Phoenix Suns, and the Denver Nuggets. Those defeats came after the Clippers had gone on a run of 16 wins against just 3 defeats that had placed them within touching distance of topping the Western Conference.  Instead, Phoenix would go on to defeat the Utah Jazz and take over top-spot. 

The Clippers are still a very solid 3rd in the Western Conference, with 44 wins and 22 defeats, but can’t be complacent, as the Denver Nuggets are hot on their heels in 4th with a 43-22 slate. The Clippers bounced back with a much needed win over the 2019 NBA Champions the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday 105-100. 

Los Angeles Lakers Form


From a strong second in the Western Conference for the first two months of this season, the LA Lakers are now down to sixth, with a record of 37 wins against 28 defeats. Overall, the Lakers are now ranked just 10th in the NBA, a sad state of affairs for the reigning champions. Much of their recent poor run has been down to the injury-induced loss of their best two players in LeBron James and Anthony Davis.  Since their departure, the Lakers have gone 9-15, and even though James has since returned, he looks a pale imitation of himself. 

The Lakers managed to end a three-match losing run with a victory on Tuesday, albeit a low-scoring, razor thin 93-89 win over the Denver Nuggets that resulted in as many questions as answers, mainly, could they yet fail to reach the playoffs? 

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Verdict

While the Los Angeles Lakers are the most successful team in NBA history with 17 titles – including last season’s win – the LA Clippers are still chasing what would be their first. Aside from the first few weeks of this season when the Lakers looked majestic, the Clippers have been the better team.
 
I’m backing the LA Clippers to score a dominant, confidence rebuilding win over the Lakers on Friday, by a margin of at least ten points. This should be a high scoring game, and will likely feature at least 220 points.
Best Bet: Clippers Winner @-333.33 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Clippers 11-15 Winning Margin @475.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 220 Total Points @190.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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