Pick Clippers -10.5 vs. Lakers in Battle of LA

Steven Suarez

Thursday, March 6, 2014 3:22 PM GMT

The Lakers and Clippers meet up for the third time this season, with the series even at one apiece. Who gets our blessing with our NBA picks tonight?

Odds Overview

Almost every sportsbook out there has the Clippers favored by a large margin of 10.5 points. Doc Rivers' team is 42-20 SU and 36-26 ATS, while the Lakers check in at 21-40 SU and 32-28-1 against the spread.

For those itching to make a play on this game's total, you can find the O/U at 224.5 to 225. Both teams have seen the OVER hit a steady clip this season.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are on a roll right now, winning five straight while covering the spread for backers in each and every victory.

Their average margin of victory during the winning streak is 13.8 points, though that's inflated by their 108-76 dismantling of the Pelicans this past weekend. Nonetheless, this is a team that's rolling, as evident by a road win over the Thunder and a home triumph over the Rockets, two of the top three seeds in the Western Conference.

Back on Tuesday the Clippers took care of Phoenix in a hard-fought 104-96 win. Coming in the visitors were favored by four points in the NBA odds.

Matt Barnes continued to shoot lights out, hitting 12-of-17 shots on his way to a game-high 28 points. All four of the Clippers' other starers also hit double figures, with Blake Griffin posting a 22/6/5 line and DeAndre Jordan grabbing 17 rebounds to go with 10 points.

Looking ahead, the good thing about this heated playoff race is no one can afford to let their foot off the gas. That means Chris Paul is going to have these guys focused game in and game out, regardless of the competition.

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Los Angeles Lakers

Oh how different things have been going for the Lakers.

It's been an awful season all-around, with the only positives being that Mike D'Antoni's been able to try out some younger guys to see if anyone's worth keeping, as well as the fact the franchise will receive a lottery pick in a loaded draft.

The Lakers had put together a rare two-game winning streak (beating the Kings and Trail Blazers) before a 125-132 home loss to the Pelicans on Tuesday.

Another putrid defensive showing from Los Angeles saw them allow New Orleans to shoot 59,7 percent from the field overall. They had no answer for Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, who combined for 52 points in the loss.

For the Lakers, Pau Gasol had 29 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Kent Bazemore (23/4/3) and Jordan Farmar (20/8) both did well. There's a chance Farmar has done enough to earn the starting point guard role going forward over Kendall Marshall, but only time will tell.

NBA Pick

No surprise here: we're backing Doc Rivers' team with confidence. We expect them to cruise to a victory, especially since the Clippers have a lot to play for in terms of seeding and home court advantage.

This could also be considered a fade on the Lakers, as they've been straight up terrible, particularly on the defensive end, where they've allowed an average of 117.2 points over their past five contests. This should be a field day for Paul, Griffin and the rest.

The Clippers have won five of the last six meetings both straight up and against the spread. The teams are even more lopsided in terms of talent now, so we have no qualms about recommending a comfortable win for CP3 and company as our NBA pick.

Pick: Clippers -10.5

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