Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 5/6/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Lakers (+7)
STAPLES Center is the venue where and the Los Angeles Clippers (44-22) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (37-28) on Thursday. The Clippers open this game as 7-point favorites. The total is set at 211.
The Los Angeles Lakers stepped onto the hardwood against the Denver Nuggets and earned the victory with a final of 93-89 in their last game. Los Angeles walked away from the contest with a 43.8% FG percentage (32 of 73) and made 13 out of their 30 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Lakers made 16 of 23 shots for a percentage of 69.6%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they earned 43 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 18 assists for the game while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Regarding the defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 43.9% from the field on 36 out of 82 shooting. Denver dished out 22 dimes and had 10 steals for this contest. Moreover, Denver grabbed 41 boards (6 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 8 blocked shots. Denver shot 68.8% from the charity stripe by burying 11 of 16 shots. They also converted 6 of 24 tries from distance.
Anthony Davis is one player who played a role in the game. He finished with 25 points on 9 out of 19 shooting. He played for 33:06 mins and grabbed 7 boards. Davis finished 47.4% from the field and distributed 1 assist. One more player that had an impact in the matchup for the Lakers was Alex Caruso. He grabbed 5 rebounds in his 27:36 min on the basketball court. He went 44.4% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 4-of-9 (11 points). In all, Caruso earned 3 assists.
The Lakers head into this contest with a win-loss mark of 37-28 on the campaign. They cough up possession 15.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.2 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Los Angeles is grabbing 44.3 boards per game and is sitting with 1,597 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 18th in basketball in terms of passing. The Lakers are connecting on 35.3% on three-point attempts (721 of 2,040) and 74.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 109.4 pts per contest (23rd in basketball) while hitting 47.3% from the field. When they are on defense, the Lakers are able to force 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 21.1 fouls. The Lakers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.8% (990 of 1,371) and they relinquish 42.1 boards per game as a group. They are 13th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,602 surrendered so far this season. They relinquish 35.1% from 3-point land and they rank 2nd in basketball in PPG from their opponents (106.4).
For their last game, the Los Angeles Clippers got the win with a final of 105-100 against the Toronto Raptors. The Clippers corralled 38 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 42 in this game. They turned it over 18 times, while getting 7 steals for this game. The Raptors had 15 fouls in this contest which took the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 13 shots. They were able to make 12 of the free throw tries for a clip of 92.3%. In relation to 3-point attempts, Los Angeles converted 15 of their 34 tries (44.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Clippers went 39 for 75 from the field which had them shooting 52.0%. The Clippers permitted the Raptors to make 40 of 87 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 46.0% in this matchup. They finished 34.3% from beyond the arc by shooting 12 of 35 and finished the game at 8 out of 13 from the free throw line (61.5%). When discussing team rebounding, Los Angeles allowed Toronto to get 37 in total (7 offensive).
Paul George ended up being a major contributor for the Clippers in this matchup. He converted 8 of 16 for the matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, and accumulated 9 rebounds. George recorded 22 points in his 34:45 minutes of playing time and accumulated 4 assists in this game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Los Angeles was Marcus Morris. He wrapped the game up with 2 assists in 33:21 mins on the court, and he knocked down 8 of 11 from the floor. Morris finished going 72.7% from the field as well as totaling 22 points and 6 rebounds.
The Clippers have a record of 44-22 for the campaign. When it comes to executing on offense, the Clippers are connecting on 48.2% from the field, which has them ranked 5th in the NBA. Los Angeles has 7,536 points on the year (114.2 per contest) and they average 44.2 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 24.4 times per contest (17th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.1 times per contest. The Clippers have committed 19.4 fouls per game while shooting 83.5% from the charity stripe. The Clippers on the defensive side of the court are 5th in the NBA in PPG given up with 108.2. The Los Angeles defense allows 35.9% on shots from distance (769 of 2,140) and opponents are connecting on 78.1% of their foul shots. They relinquish 22.9 dimes and 41.2 boards per game, which ranks 4th and 2nd in the NBA. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (15th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take the Lakers (+7)
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