Date/Time: 12-25-2019, 20:00 EDT / 01:00 GMT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -2 Total: +223
The two residents of Los Angeles, who also happen to be the heavy favorites for this season’s championship, are clashing in this Christmas Day game, when the Lakers are facing the Clippers. The Lakers have surprisingly dropped three straight games coming in this one and both LeBron James and Anthony Davis are probable to play, while the Clippers will have both of their stars available.
The Clippers are 22-10 so far this season and are tied with Houston on the 3rd place of the Western Conference. In their previous game they got defeated by OKC on the road, 112-118. The Lakers are 24-6 and currently sit on top of the West. They have lost their last 3 games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Denver at home, 104-128.
Kawhi Leonard leads the Clippers both in scoring 25.5 ppg and in rebounding with 7.8 per game. He also adds 5.1 assists, while Paul George adds 24.2 ppg and 5.8 rebounds per game. Anthony Davis leads the Lakers both in points with 27.9 and in rebounding with 9.4 per game. James follows with 25.8 ppg, adding 7.5 rebounds and leading the team in assists made with 10.6 per game.
This will be the second meeting between those two teams this season with the Clippers having won the previous one by 10 points. The Lakers have a 10-3 home record, while the Clippers have an 8-8 road record. The Clippers have a better offense (115.7 to 112.3 ppg), while the Lakers have a better defense (104.9 to 108.6 ppg). The Lakers have the best field goal percentage in the league (48.4% to 46.3%), while the Clippers have a better 3-point percentage (36.3% to 35.6%). The Lakers dish more assists (25.9 to 23.3) and commit fewer turnovers per game (15.5 to 16.2), while the Clippers grab more rebounds (47.8 to 45.5). There is a -2 spread in favor of the Lakers for this game, but both of their stars are coming off injuries, while Leonard is well rested for the Clippers, so expect the guest team today to get away with the win.
Clippers vs Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers +2 (-111)