Cash In With This Rock Solid NBA Pick: Clippers -17 Over Lakers

David Lawrence

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 10:48 AM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2015 10:48 AM UTC

The Clippers are trying to build good habits and overcome the franchise’s history of falling short in the NBA playoffs. The Lakers? They will merely try to cover tonights huge NBA betting odds.

The Los Angeles Lakers Can Win Because…
They are going to have a chance to do things all over again on Tuesday, and they’re going to be mad. Athletes might not be as good as other athletes, but when they get embarrassed, they generally do play harder. They try to do something about their situation and work to correct something that went badly awry. This describes the Lakers after their 106-78 loss to the Clippers on Sunday, in what was officially a Laker home game. This next game will be a Clipper home game and NBA odds have placed them again as a double digit favorite.

Nothing went right for the Lakers on Sunday. What’s notable is that Jeremy Lin went just 2 of 8 from the field. Jordan Hill was just 1 for 6. Jordan Clarkson was only 1 for 6 as well. These players are all far more talented than what they put forth against the Clippers. If each of them can play a lot better, and the Clippers – who shot 53.3 percent from the field on Sunday – can cool down and shoot somewhere in the mid-40s while making far fewer three-point shots (they hit 15 of 27 on Sunday), this game should be close going into the fourth quarter. The Lakers were dealing with the relatively recent injury suffered by Nick Young (a fractured kneecap), and they were slow to adjust. In this game, they’ll have a lot more time to adjust and should therefore be a lot more prepared to do well.

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The Los Angeles Clippers Can Win Because…
They’re just a far better team right now, playing well and building toward the playoffs the right way. The Clippers have won three straight. They have made themselves one of several Western Conference teams to eclipse the 50-win plateau. They are making themselves hard to guard when they have the ball. In their win over the Lakers on Sunday, six different Clippers scored in double figures. So, when the Lakers try to game plan on defense for this rematch, head coach Byron Scott is going to have a hard time telling his players, “You have to guard this Clipper player here or that player there.” The Clippers were so blended on offense that the Lakers were stretched thin, and there’s little reason to think that will change. The Clippers toyed with the Lakers on Sunday and are simply not in the same class as their struggling opponent in the same city.

The Lakers are a sorry bunch. They’ve lost three straight, but they also lack a go-to scorer. Only one player scored more than 10 points against the Clippers on Sunday, and that player –

Wesley Johnson – hit only 6 of 16 shots. He also posted a plus-minus of minus-29, the worst on his team. The Lakers’ roster is every bit as bad as you think it is. This is a starting five – Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black, Johnson, Jeremy Lin, and Jordan Clarkson – mostly made up of bench-level NBA talent. The Clippers should destroy this team, especially since their own bench scored 39 points against the Lakers on Sunday.


There’s just not much to be said here. The Lakers are nowhere close to the Clippers. It’s not a fair fight, and nothing which happened Sunday suggests that anything will change in a noticeable way. Take the Clippers with your NBA picks.

NBA Pick: Clippers -17 at The Greek

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