The two teams from Los Angeles will try to return from the All-Star break on a winning note when the Lakers and Clippers collide in a key Western Conference game on Friday at Crypto.com Arena in L.A. The Clippers (30-31) sit in eighth place in the West standings, 1½ games ahead of the ninth-place Lakers (27-31). The two teams need to make a second-half push in order to avoid the four-team play-in tournament.
Tip-off is at 10 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Lakers as one-point favorites in the latest Lakers vs. Clippers odds while the Over/Under is 223.
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The model knows that LeBron James (questionable, knee) has not lost a step. The 37-year-old future Hall of Famer is averaging 29.1 points per game, which ranks third in the NBA, behind only Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo. James also is averaging 6.5 assists per game (16th in the league) and 7.9 rebounds (33rd).
The model also knows that the Clippers have dominated the recent series against their rivals. The Clippers have won the last five meetings between the teams and haven't lost to the Lakers since March 2020. The streak includes two Clippers victories this season, including a 111-110 win on Feb. 3.
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