Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

NBA – MON 3/4 | 10:30 PM EST | STAPLES CENTER

The Clippers played well over the last week, winning two of their three contests. They will be going for their second win in a row and third win in their last four games when they face the Lakers on Monday. Los Angeles will also be trying to increase its three-game lead over the Sacramento Kings, who are in ninth place in the Western Conference. The Clippers played well offensively, averaging 113.9 points per game, which is seventh in the league. Clippers shooting 46 % from the field and 37 % from three-point land. Lou Williams leads the way for the Clippers with 19.8 points and 5.4 assists per game. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 18.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

The Lakers have struggled since the All-Star break and have lost four of their last five games. They hit rock bottom in their last game, losing to the Phoenix Suns who have the worst record in the NBA. They will try to bounce back from their latest slump by picking up their second win in their last six games when they face the Clippers on Monday. Los Angeles had playoff hopes coming into the season, but the team is currently in 10th place in the Western Conference standings, 4.5 games behind the Clippers, who are in the final playoff spot. They will need to play well in the final two months and avoid losses to teams like Phoenix if they want to end their playoff drought.

Expect a massive effort from the Lakers coming off that embarrassing loss in Phoenix. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in this series. In my simulations, the Lakers are covering 66 percent of the time. Lay the points.

PICK * L.A. LAKERS -4

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