NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Clippers

Joe Catalano

Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:37 PM GMT

Some late lines delayed our NBA pick and odds analysis for L.A. vs. L.A! How should you lay your money against the odds for the Lakers vs. Clippers?

NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Clippers

The battle of Los Angeles is this afternoon, and after a long wait for the NBA Odds to come out, we are about ready for this matinee showdown. Odds makers have the Clippers as -4 ½ favorites in this one, with a total of 200 points.

There were some injury concerns for both squads that led to the lines being very late coming out. However, we have some new information that is likely leading to the spread we have in front of us. Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan both have some minor injuries they are dealing with, however their status was never really up in the air apparently. Both seem fine and will play in this afternoon’s game. On the flip side, Steve Nash is still doubtful to play for the Lakers.

All three times the Clippers have played their cross-town rival this season they have won and covered. This will be their fourth and final meeting assuming they don’t somehow meet in the playoffs. While all the scored for these games have been high, leading to the over cashing, this afternoon game might lead to an under. The total opened at 203 and is already down to 200 points. However, the value might have been bet out of it. The over has cashed between these two in their last eight meetings overall, including the three this season.

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Even though the trends seem to point to the over, I’m going with where the lines have been going and taking the under. The Lakers have been playing rather good defense over their last few games, holding their last three opponents to under 100 points. I think the Clippers will be focused defensively today as well, seeing as they would love to sweep the Lakers. Between the rivalry and the fact that this is a Sunday matinee, I’m going under. Sunday afternoon games have regularly been cashing the under this season, and I think it happens here. I’m seeing a 101-96 type on contest for this NBA picks

My Pick: UNDER 200