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Lakers vs. Clippers line, picks: Advanced computer NBA model releases selections for Thursday showdown

SportsLine's projection model generated selections for Thursday's matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the L.A. Clippers
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The Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers face off in a rivalry battle at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday. The Clippers are favored by 3.5 points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is set at 220 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page). 

Before making any Lakers vs. Clippers picks, you NEED to check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 16 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 62-32 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,500. Anyone following it has seen HUGE returns.

The model knows the Lakers take advantage of transition opportunities, ranking in the top five of the NBA in fast-break points. Los Angeles is also in the top 10 in points in the paint, with above-average metrics in field-goal percentage, 2-point percentage and free- throw creation. On defense, the Lakers should benefit from a balky Clippers offense, and Los Angeles is above-average in defending the three-point line. The Lakers also force 14.9 turnovers per game, a top-10 figure in the NBA.

The model also knows the Clippers are excellent on defense. L.A. is giving up only 107.5 points per 100 possessions this season, No. 6 in the NBA. The Clippers are in the top seven in field-goal percentage allowed, 3-point percentage allowed and 2-point percentage allowed, with the No. 3 mark in free-throw prevention. The Clippers are forcing more than 14 turnovers per game, and the Lakers rank near the bottom of the league in ball security on offense. 

Now, it has set its sights on Lakers vs. Clippers. We can tell you the model is leaning under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in 70 percent of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NBA picks.

Who wins Lakers vs. Clippers? And which side of the spread hits in 70 percent of simulations? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Lakers vs. Clippers spread you should be all over Thursday, all from the model on a roll on NBA picks!

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