Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers - 7/30/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers - 7/30/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers (44-20) at Los Angeles Lakers (49-14)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers meet Thursday in NBA action at The Arena.

The Los Angeles Clippers entered the NBA break winning seven of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 116.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 109.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.9 points and 7.3 rebounds while Paul George is averaging 21 points and 3.9 assists. Lou Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game.

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The Los Angeles Lakers entered the NBA break winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 114.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.7 points and 9.4 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.7 points and 10.6 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.

The Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Clippers last 5 games as an underdog. The under is 6-2 in Lakers last 8 overall. The Clippers are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Clippers have had the upper hand against the Lakers in three meetings and are probably the better team from top to bottom when they're both at full strength. The issue here is the Clippers are likely going to be without Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet for this contest. That's a great deal of the Clippers depth not playing this game against a Lakers squad that has a rested AD and LeBron. You can argue this line should be a lot steeper. I can't confidently back a Clippers team that's without so many key guys.

I'll eat the chalk.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Lakers -4.5

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