The Clippers host the Lakers on Thursday to complete the reigning champions’ season sweep. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller / Icon Sportswire)
- The Los Angeles Clippers are the 8-point favorites against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday (May 6, 10 p.m. ET)
- LeBron James set to miss second game in a row with ankle injury
- See below for analysis, odds and a bet prediction
The third installment of the Battle of Los Angeles takes place Thursday (May 6, 10 p.m. ET), with the Clippers looking to complete the defending champions’ season sweep.
Tyronn Lue’s side come into play in third place in the West, while the Lakers currently sit sixth, making this game a potential preview of the first round playoffs with just a week and a half on the schedule. .
Lakers vs Clippers odds
|Team||Broadcast||Moneyline at FanDuel||Total|
|LA Lakers||+8.0 (-110)||+265||Over 211 (-110)|
|LA Clippers||-8.0 (-110)||-330||Less than 211 (-110)|
Odds as of May 5.
The Clippers opened as 8-point favorites, in a game that has a total of 211. BAC is such a heavy favorite due to LeBron James’ ankle injury which should keep him out of the roster. for this game on Thursday. , as well as Friday against Portland.
Life without LeBron
James just returned to the roster last Friday after missing six weeks with the same ankle problem. He played 32 minutes in his first game against Sacramento, but was forced out of Sunday’s game with Toronto in the fourth quarter. He missed Monday’s win over Denver and should proceed cautiously with the playoffs just around the corner.
– Speak for yourself (@SFY) May 5, 2021
The Lakers currently have the same record as fifth place Dallas, but sit sixth due to the Mavs owning the tiebreaker. James and his company are desperate to finish in the top six in the West and avoid the play-in tournament, a new event LeBron clearly doesn’t like too much.
LeBron James on play-in tournament: “Whoever invented this must be fired”
– Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 3, 2021
Not only will James likely miss Thursday’s contest, but the Lakers will also be without starting point guard Dennis Schroder. The 27-year-old is out for 10-14 days due to NBA health and safety protocol, and without two of his top three scorers, the offense will be hard to find for the Lakers.
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Snap Slump Clippers
LAC, meanwhile, avoided their first four-game losing streak of the season, beating the Raptors 105-100 on Tuesday. Paul George led the way with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Kawhi Leonard had 13 points, despite just six shots.
Battled for Victory # 44.
– LA Clippers (@LAClippers) May 5, 2021
Patrick Beverley has returned to the pitch for the first time since breaking his hand in early April, while the Clippers have improved to 25-9 at home this season, which is the second-best home mark in the conference. They held the Raps 46% from the field and 34.3% from beyond the arc, limiting an opponent to 106 points or less for the 33rd time this season.
BAC have surrendered just 195 points overall in two games against the Lakers this season, and given how they rank in the top five in points allowed, we should expect another low scoring affair on Thursday.
The Clips’ stingy defense is a big reason why so many of their games have fallen under the total this season. The least hit in six straight Clipper’s games and in nine of their last 10 games overall. Thursday’s game features the third lowest over / under in a Clipper contest this season, but the sub-hit in each of the previous two games that ended at a lower count.
One of those contests was against that same Laker team without LeBron, and it only produced 190 points. The Lakers, on the other hand, are no strangers to playing low-scoring games with or without the King. The Under have struck in three of their last four games and are 40-25 this season.
Choices: less than 211 (-110)
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