Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers
Date and Time: Thursday 3/6/14 at 10:30pm on TNT
Game Line: Los Angeles Clippers -10.5 (from JustBet)
Thursday Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers Analysis: The Clippers are on a five game winning streak for the third time this season but they’ve never won a sixth. They will try to set a new season best for victories Thursday night when they suit up as the visitor against their intercity rival Lakers at the Staples Center. Over the course of their five game winning streak the Clippers have been one of the most dominating teams in the league, averaging 112.2 points per game and getting scoring from different players in each game. Most recently, forward Matt Barns scored a season high 28 points in a 104-96 win over Phoenix on Tuesday. Barnes, who was seventh on the team in scoring, sparked a big third quarter run going 7-7 from the field and helping the Clippers rally from 11 down at halftime. With their top two shooting guards missing in J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford injured the last two games the Clippers have continued to score. Darren Collison, typically a point guard, has started the last two games with Chris Paul in the back court. Collison has averaged 14 points per game and shooting over 50% from the floor and from three point range. Newly acquired Danny Granger, a former All-Star, could also see more time after going scoreless in under four minutes in his Clippers debut Tuesday. Granger averaged over 20 points for Indiana in three straight seasons, but injuries have hampered him since 2012. A victory would not only give the Clippers their longest win streak of the season, but also continue their dominance over their fellow Staples Center tenants. The Clippers have won five of the last six in the series, including a 123-87 victory Jan. 10 that was the Lakers’ most lopsided loss of the season. The Lakers’ defense has struggled all season, allowing a Western Conference high 106.9 points per game. Over the last six games, they’ve been especially bad with opponents averaging 115.7 in those contests. This doesn’t bode well against one of the premiere offenses in the league.
Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers Picks: Los Angeles Clippers -10.5 and under 225.5
Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers Game Prediction: 116-99 LA Clippers
What to expect this 2014 Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers NBA match up: Simply put, this game features one of the leagues best offenses against one of the leagues worst defenses. On top of that, the Lakers have dominated the Clippers for so long that the Clipper organization is taking every opportunity they can get to humiliate their intercity rivals. They will put on a show similiar to the one they put on back in January when they beat the Lakers by 25 in a game that they lead by 40 and could have won by 50 if they wanted to. These two teams are not in the same league right now and the Clippers have the motivation to turn this one into another blow out.