Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 4/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Lakers (+7.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (31-18) go to STAPLES Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Clippers (32-18). The Lakers open this matchup as 7.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 224.5.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced off with the Sacramento Kings and took home the win by a score of 115-94 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended the game having earned a 47.8% FG percentage (43 out of 90) and converted 17 of their 33 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Lakers converted 12 of 20 attempts for a rate of 60.0%. Regarding getting rebounds, they compiled 54 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 26 assists for this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and having 10 steals. When it comes to the defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 42.4% from the field on 36 of 85 shooting. Sacramento doled out 24 assists and had 8 steals for this contest. Additionally, Sacramento snagged 38 rebounds (6 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Sacramento went 75.0% from the free throw line by making 12 of 16 shots. They also knocked down 10 of 35 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Kyle Kuzma is a guy who was a factor in the matchup. He racked up 30 points on 11 of 18 shooting. He played 36:17 minutes and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kuzma ended up shooting 61.1% from the floor and also recorded 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Lakers was Dennis Schröder. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 31:16 min on the court. He finished 53.8% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 7-of-13 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, Schröder had 8 assists.
The Lakers this contest with a win-loss mark of 31-18 for the campaign. The Lakers are shooting 35.1% on shots from distance (528 of 1,503) and 74.3% from the free throw line. They average 110.5 points per outing (21st in the league) while connecting on 47.8% from the floor. They turn it over 15.4 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.0 fouls per contest. As a team, Los Angeles is collecting 45.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,203 assists on the season, which ranks 16th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Lakers are forcing their opponents into 15.0 turnovers every game and they draw 21.4 fouls. The Lakers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.4% (733 of 1,050) and they relinquish 41.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 22nd in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,224 surrendered this season. They are surrendering 35.1% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 2nd in the NBA in points per game allowed (105.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Los Angeles Clippers took a loss by a score of 101-94 when they faced the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers were able to snag 32 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 45 in the game. They also gave up possession 10 times, while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Nuggets were called for 16 personal fouls in the game which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 16 shots. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 87.5%. With respect to shots from 3-point land, Los Angeles made 10 out of 34 attempts (29.4%). In all, the Clippers ended up going 35 for 85 from the floor which had them at 41.2%. The Clippers allowed the Nuggets to knock down 39 of 81 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 48.1% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 52.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 13 of 25 and ended up going 10 out of 14 at the free throw line (71.4%). With respect to attacking the glass, Los Angeles permitted Denver to grab 38 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Kawhi Leonard ended up having an impact for the Clippers in this matchup. He made 10 of 22 for the game for a rate of 45.5%, and had 12 rebounds. Leonard totaled 24 points in his 38:32 mins on the court and had 4 dimes for this contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Los Angeles was Paul George. He ended up finishing with 5 assists in his 31:36 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 5 out of 15 from the floor. George ended up shooting 33.3% from the floor and also notching 17 points and 8 boards.
The Clippers have a record of 32-18 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Clippers are connecting on 48.2% from the field, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. Los Angeles has accounted for 5,724 pts for the campaign (114.5 per contest) and they pull in 44.3 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 24.1 times per contest (20th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.9 times per game. The Clippers are responsible for committing 19.1 personal fouls every game and they hit 83.9% from the free throw line. The Clippers on the defensive side of the court are 6th in basketball in PPG given up with 108.3. They are forcing their opponents into 12.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.8% from the field (18th in the NBA). The Los Angeles defense surrenders 36.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (579 of 1,586) and their opponents are making 78.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 23.0 dimes and 41.2 total rebounds per game, which is 5th and 2nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take the Clippers (-7.5)
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