Battle For LA: Lakers Favored Over Clippers In NBA Return

  • The Los Angeles Lakers are favored to beat the LA Clippers by four points on Thursday.
  • The O/U total for this game is set at 216.5.
  • The LA Clippers are underdogs on the money line listed at +155 odds to beat the Lakers.

LOS ANGELES – The NBA’s hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic will end with a Western Conference doubleheader ushering the league back to betting menus and television screens worldwide. The Utah Jazz will face the New Orleans Pelicans in what feels like an undercard match before the main event between the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers.

The matchup between the Lakers and Clippers could be an early preview of what the Western Conference Finals could potentially look like. The Clippers own the advantage over the Lakers in the season series as they’re 2-1 against their cross-town rival.

Before the regular season was paused, the Lakers were surging having cemented themselves as the top seed in the Western Conference with a 49-14 record they’ll look to pick up where they left off.

The Clippers are only five games behind the Lakers in the Western Conference standings with a 44-20 record but likely won’t overtake the LakeShow by the time the NBA playoffs start. A win against the Lakers Thursday night would be monumental for the Clippers as they’ll start the restart without three important players.

Their absences will be felt by a Clippers team that could show some signs of rust coming out of the pandemic break but the Lakers will be without guards Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo. However, replacements in Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith should be able to fill the void left by those two.

This being the first game of the season expect both teams to play it safe as they’re comfortably in the playoffs.

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LA Lakers vs. LA Clippers Betting Odds

The Lakers are favored to beat the Clippers by four points on Thursday.

Those looking to bet the spread should keep in mind that both teams have a winning record ATS as the Lakers have a 35-27-1 record while the Clippers are 35-29 ATS.

The money line odds are likely to see a lot of action since this is each team's first game back.

The Clippers’ underdog odds are listed at +155 and despite being without Beverly, Harrell, and Williams and bettors shouldn’t fade the Clippers odds since Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be playing. The Clips haven’t fared well as underdogs this season with a 4-7 record.

The Lakers SU odds sit at -175 and with LeBron James and Anthony Davis rested, the LakeShow seems poised to win, making the extra money put down on their odds worth the investment.

O/U total bettors looking to get in on the action at online sportsbooks will find that 216.5 total will likely go under as the extended layoff will cause these teams to come out slow.

Plus, the total has gone under in four of the last five meetings between the Lakers and Clippers. The Lakers-Clippers game is set to tip-off at 9 p.m. EST and will be broadcasted by TNT.