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LeBron James could suit up in the Lakers' first duel with the Clippers this season

The Los Angeles Lakers (12-11, 8-15 ATS) seek their third straight win against intra-city rival, the Los Angeles Clippers (11-11, 9-13 ATS) on Friday, 10 PM, at Staples Center.

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The Lakers will be entering their latest match with the Clips as a slight home favorite with a 2.5 point-handicap. BetUs.com and other sports betting outlets offer the total at 218 points, with the Lakers’ 111.5 PPG carrying a lot of weight on that adjustment. 

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Lines

Clippers vs Lakers

ATS: Clippers 2.5 points

Moneyline: Lakers -145, Clippers +125

O/U: 215.5 points 

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Team News

Paul George is fresh off a one-day layoff to rest his bummed knee. This season, the All-Star forward has been doing all the heavy lifting for the Clippers with co-star Kawhi Leonard rehabilitating from an offseason surgery. According to Mirjam Swanson of the Orange County Register, head coach Ty Lue also wants to keep his star player rested from time to time, knowing he’s logging the highest usage rate of his career at 34%. 

LeBron James is all set to return to action on Friday after clearing the NBA COVID protocol with negative tests. The league issued a press release confirming that James is eligible to suit up again after all eight COVID-19 tests since Tuesday returned negative. James, averaging 25.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 6.8 APG, could have missed a considerable quantity of games if he indeed contracted COVID-19, as the initial test showed.  

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Injury Report

Clippers: Nicolas Batum – OUT (Illness), Kawhi Leonard – OUT (Knee), and Jason Preston – OUT (Foot)  

Lakers: Trevor Ariza – OUT (Ankle), LeBron James – Probable (COVID-19), Avery Bradley – Probable (Hand), Anthony Davis – Probable ( Hand), and Kendrick Nunn – OUT (Knee)

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Preview

The Clippers dropped three straight games and seven of their last ten since winning seven straight early November. In their latest setback against the Kings 124-115, the Clips direly missed the production of PG13 as none of their players scored more than 20 points. Terrence Mann and Luke Kennard tallied 19 points apiece off the bench to pace their team. L.A shot 47 percent FG as a team, but the Kings shot way better at 52.3 percent FG.

On the other hand, the Lakers avenged their earlier loss to the Kings behind the trio of Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and Malik Monk. With James away from the team, these three Lakers scored at least 20 points to power them past the Kings, 117-92. Los Angeles shot 50 percent from the field and held the Kings shooters in check all night, including Buddy Hield (5 points on 1-for-7 shooting).  

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction

This marks the first time the two L.A teams go face-to-face off this season. Depending on the availability of LBJ, the Lakers could have a significant edge over their rival which hasn’t yet captured the form that catapulted them to their first West finals appearance. However, one noteworthy stats bettors must consider is the Clippers’ 3-0 record over the Lakers in their last three meetings. The Clips averaged 111 points and held the Lakers to 106 points during that span. Unfortunately, with the way things are going for the Clippers of late, it’s going to be difficult routing them to win over the Lakers.  

*The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers’ last 7 games against LA Clippers.

*The total has gone OVER in 9 of LA Lakers’ last 13 games this season.

*LA Clippers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers Betting Pick

Pick: Lakers win by double-digit to cover the spread. UNDER 215.5 points. 

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Lou Ramon Aguila is a veteran sportswriter, having covered the biggest events and names in the NBA, NFL, MLB, Boxing, and Tennis for the last 12 years. His articles have appeared in print and online with some of the most recognized media outlets, including Bleacher Report and International Business Times.

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