Battle for Seeding
The final matchup between the two teams that reside in Los Angeles will have more value than usual. The Los Angeles Clippers are tied for the sixth seed with their city rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. Their matchup on Wednesday will have a massive impact on their NBA playoff odds and play-in seeding.
The Lakers are playing the second of a back-to-back, beating the Utah Jazz 135-133 in overtime to extend their winning streak to four straight. In the Clippers’ previous game, on Saturday, they lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 122-114 despite Kawhi Leonard scoring 40 points.
The Clippers are favored to beat the Lakers for the 11th consecutive time.
Lakers Could Escape Play-In Tournament
The Los Angeles Lakers are officially in play for breaking into the top six in the West and earning that automatic playoff spot. That did not seem likely for most of the season, but the team has moved into a tie for the sixth seed and can take sole possession of it with a win on Wednesday. The team’s NBA Finals odds have dropped, now with the fifth-lowest on BetUS to win the West.
The Lakers’ record and play since the All-Star break are a big reason for this. They have the third best-winning percentage in the NBA, going 14-6 in their last 20 games. This includes when LeBron James was hurt and the team went 8-5.
During this stretch, the Lakers have posted the third-best defensive rating (111.3). The offensive rating has not improved that much compared to it over the season, but the defense has played the biggest role in improving the team.
“The Lakers are winning the whole thing. LeBron gets ring No. 5. AD reclaims the respect. … Nobody wants to play the Lakers.”
– Nick Wright
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) April 3, 2023
The NBA lines are starting to lean in the Lakers’ direction in either making the playoffs or getting in the postseason through the play-in. Given how they are playing, there is a good chance when the playoffs start, the Lakers could make a deep run.
Clippers Sliding With George Out
While the Lakers are rising in the West standings, the Clippers are in danger of falling out of the top six. A loss could put them in the play-in tournament, which is not great with the team struggling and losing the last two games.
The injury to Paul George has played a significant role in that. He has missed the last six games, with no NBA news on his possible return. The defense has struggled in George’s absence, having a defensive rating of 118.1 over the last six games.
The Clippers must find a way to stay out of the play-in for a few reasons. For one, it would give George a little extra time to return healthy and put the team in a more favorable matchup for the playoffs. Another reason is it would keep Kawhi Leonard from having to play extra games and keep him healthy, since he’s been in load management all season.
“This is probably the first meaningful game we’ve played against them. This game has a lot of significance… If we turn the ball over against this team, you’re dead.”
Tyronn Lue on Lakers-Clippers tomorrow
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 4, 2023
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue is very aware of his team’s position and spoke openly about what the team needs to do to avoid trouble in the play-in, especially when facing the Lakers.
Lakers vs Clippers Game Injuries
Lakers vs Clippers Head-to-Head
Despite Los Angeles being seen as a Lakers’ city, the Clippers have won the last 10 times these teams have met. This season, the Clippers dominated every game except one on Oct. 20, only beating the Lakers by six points.
Lakers vs Clippers Game Information
- Game: Lakers (41-38) vs Clippers (41-38)
- Location: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 p.m. EST
- Lakers vs Clippers Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Lakers vs Clippers Betting Lines
Lakers vs Clippers Picks and Prediction
This could be the game where the Lakers finally end their losing streak against the Clippers. The game will be vital for each team, increasing the intensity and giving it a playoff atmosphere.
However, the Lakers have been better recently, and are healthier, which makes them a solid NBA pick for this game. On top of that, even though the Clippers are technically the home team, the Laker fans always fill up the Crypto.com Arena for this in-city rivalry game.
The Los Angeles Clippers are listed at -190 in our Vegas NBA odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Clippers, you have a chance to win $53. The Los Angeles Lakers are +163, offering a chance to win $163 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Los Angeles Clippers a 65.52% chance to win, with the Los Angeles Lakers at 38.02%.
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Clippers vs Lakers Previous Game (Jan 24, 2023)
The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers will battle it out in an all-city brawl on Tuesday. The Clippers are having a much better season overall, but the Lakers are catching up after a slow start.
Will the Lake Show beat the Clippers for the first time since 2020, or will the Clippers extend their winning streak against the Lakers to double digits?
The Clippers have owned the Lakers for three years, and we don’t see any reason why that trend won’t continue on Tuesday. While James has been a wrecking ball the last few weeks, he is hobbled a bit with his ankle injury. We expect him to play in this LA vs. LA clash, but he is not at 100%.