It is the battle of Los Angeles tonight, as we come to round three between the Lakers and Clippers. We have gone over all of the odds and we have our best NBA pick for the matchup ready for your viewing. 

Three games really stand out for me tonight, starting with Boston's home clash against the high-flying San Antonio Spurs. Miami hosts Oklahoma City as well in what should be another fantastic game.

The third involves the two Los Angeles teams, and is the game we'll be covering here. It just so happens that both squads are playing exceptional ball right now.

The Lakers, who will be the “visitors” tonight, have won three straight and are 6-2 SU over their last eight.

Last night they topped the New Jersey Nets 91-87 behind a game-high 24 points from Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba added seven boards and three assists. Ramon Sessions again was great, collecting 19 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, while Pau Gasol came through with a double-double of his own.

Lakers have been great team to fade 

Lakers vs. ClippersDespite the win, the Lakers have not covered a NBA betting spread in seven consecutive games, but will try to cure that tonight at Staples Center. 

The Clippers have won six in a row and are 5-1 ATS in those games. Their latest was the most impressive of the bunch as they tore the Mavericks up 94-75 in Dallas. 

Randy Foye hit an amazing eight threes and finished with 28 points, while Blake Griffin (15 points and 16 rebounds) came up big again as Los Angeles dominated the Mavs from the opening tipoff. 

With both L.A. teams playing as well as they are, tonight's encounter is going to be that much more entertaining. 

One big question mark, and something you should keep tracking attentively, surrounds Andrew Bynum. He's been bothered by an ankle problem but has stated that he'll try to play against the Clippers. In two games against them this season he's averaged 15.5 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. 

Another angle that could affect this game's outcome is Ramon Sessions, who's been terrific for the Lakers since being acquired at the trade deadline. He's averaged 13.8 PPG, 7.2 APG and 3.6 RPG for his new club. 

Sessions faces probably his biggest test of the season up against Chris Paul, and if he can hang that will  be a big boost to the Lakers' chances of securing a win. 

Intensity should be high 

This game is huge for a number of reasons. Obviously bragging rights for the city of Los Angeles are up for grabs. More importantly, if the Lakers win, they'll open up a 2.5 game lead in the Pacific, while a Clippers victory would cut the gap to just a half game. 

Clippers vs. Lakers

There's plenty to play for tonight and both teams will be going hard. But who will cover the NBA odds

Personally, I feel like you can't make any NBA picks on this game until you know if Bynum's playing or not. Josh McRoberts has been filling in, meaning the Lakers could be in a lot of trouble if Bynum can't go. The Clippers are one of the best rebounding teams around. 

That's another reason I like the UNDER for tonight. Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will pounce on any missed shots and won't give the Lakers any second-chance opportunities to score. The Clippers have also been excellent defensively lately, allowing just 87.8 PPG over their last five. They're holding teams to 26.4 percent shooting from three. 

Seventeen of the Clippers' 28 home games have finished below the total and I think we'll see a gritty affair between two teams that really don't like each other. I don't foresee a lot of easy buckets tonight so I'm adding the UNDER to my sports picks

FREE Pick: UNDER 188 


Lakers are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall

Lakers are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 road games 

Clippers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall

Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games

OVER is 4-0 in the last 4 head-to-head meetings

Clippers are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 head-to-head meetings