Lakers at Clippers 2012 NBA Predictions: Wednesday night (10:30 p.m. ET) the floor crew at Staples Center in Los Angeles will configure the format for the Clippers as home team to the Lakers, when the rivals, who share the same city and arena, play a vital NBA Pacific Division game. The Clippers, or that “other LA team” are significant in the Pacific Division and playoffs race with a 32-21 record, only 1 1/2-games behind the Lakers (34-20) in the standings. The teams are also ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the eight team playoffs battle.
Online sports book SBGglobal.com, who post betting odds on the off shore betting board, list the Clippers as slight 3-chalk favorites versus the Lakers with a combined score total (over/under) of 188). Lakers backers are getting +130 NBA Odds on the SBG Global money line while the price of wagering the Clippers SU is -150 ($150 wager to win $100).
The Clippers have found a winning groove and will be looking for their seventh straight win, hopefully at the expense of the Lakers who have always owned favorite child status. Backers of the Clippers at the betting window have profited cashing against the number in five of the Clippers previous six games.
The Lakers are looking for their fourth straight victory in Staples last losing at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 29. The Lakers have won SU four of their last five games but have been a disaster for backers at the betting window failing to cover the number in seven straight and nine of their last 10 games played.
Bettors wishing to find the best value should look at the trends and they are all pointing to the Clippers. They are on a streak both SU and ATS while Lakers backers can’t buy a cover. From a betting perspective, the Lakers are a disaster while the Clippers symbolize a trip to the bank. However, the public isn’t ready to buy the Clippers having wagered 90 percent of ML action on the Lakers while a 56 percent majority prefer the Lakers ATS. The UNDER is wager of choice by 75 percent of totals bettors.
My Lakers/Clippers NBA Odds prediction: This game is a must win for both teams. No, it’s not a playoffs thing but fans will see plenty of playoffs atmosphere for sure. It’s hard for casual fans to pull the trigger and wager the Clippers in this one but that’s what they should do. I’m strictly following the trends and taking the Clippers to win SU while at the same time leaving the side alone. My Predictions – Clippers -150.
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