Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction for January 7

Today’s game features two Los Angeles teams on divergent paths as the Lakers host the Clippers in their second seasonal meeting. The Lakers, aiming to break their current losing streak, face a challenging opponent in the Clippers, a team they have struggled against in recent matchups.

The Los Angeles Clippers, currently fourth in the Western Conference with a 22-12 record, are riding a five-game winning streak. Meanwhile, their city rivals, the Lakers, are in 11th place with a 17-19 record, facing challenges under coach Darvin Ham. The Clippers’ trio of stars is now in sync, positioning them to potentially ascend to the top three in the conference with an upcoming victory. The Lakers, eager to break their four-game losing streak, will be keen to replicate their success from their first season encounter last November, where they won in an overtime thriller. At that time, the Clippers had not yet found their rhythm, making the upcoming matchup an intriguing one to watch.

The game is scheduled for 21:30 ET on Sunday, January 7, 2024, which corresponds to 02:30 a.m. GMT on Monday, January 8. The venue for this clash is the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California.

This article provides betting tips and predictions for the Clippers vs Lakers game on January 7. It includes the latest sports betting odds, key statistics, team updates, and projected starting lineups.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers latest odds on betting sites

The moneyline odds for the Lakers are set at 2.35 (or +135 in American odds), whereas the Clippers’ moneyline odds are at 1.61 (or -165 in American odds).

Spread

  • Lakers +3.5: 1.91 (-110)
  • Clippers -3.5: 1.9 (-110)

Over/Under

  • Over 230.5: 1.87 (-115)
  • Under 230.5: 1.95 (-105)

Lakers vs Clippers last game results

The Lakers are going through a challenging phase, as highlighted by their 127-113 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, which is their fourth consecutive defeat. This downturn is part of a larger trend, with the team securing only two wins in their last eleven games. Despite being the in-season tournament champions, their latest game was lackluster. LeBron James led the scoring with 31 points, along with 5 rebounds and seven assists.

Anthony Davis also made a significant impact with 31 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Austin Reaves had a notable game with 12 assists and 19 points, hitting almost 60% of his field goals. Taurean Prince scored ten points, and Christian Wood was a key contributor off the bench with 11 points, five rebounds, and a steal, but the Lakers still faced another loss.

Their team stats include a 49.4% field goal rate (42/85), 35.7% in 3-pointers (10/28), and 70.4% in free throws (19/27), along with 26 assists, 35 total rebounds, 3 blocks, 13 steals, and 13 turnovers.

Lakers team updates: Rui Hachimura (calf) and Gabe Vincent (knee) are out for the next game, while D’Angelo Russell (tailbone) and Anthony Davis (ankle) are questionable.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers ended their four-game losing streak with a decisive win against the New Orleans Pelicans. Paul George led the charge with six 3-pointers and 24 points, while Kawhi Leonard added 19 points and nine rebounds.

Their victory, by a score of 111-95 on Friday night, was marked by James Harden’s facilitative role with 13 assists and eight points. The Clippers dominated, even leading by 31 points in the final quarter, recording their 14th win in the last 16 games and their first road win against the Pelicans in nearly four years.

Clippers team stats: 48.8% in field goals (40/82), 41.7% in 3-pointers (15/36), and 80.0% in free throws (16/20), along with 28 assists, 50 total rebounds, 6 steals, 7 blocks, and 14 turnovers.

Clippers team updates: Moussa Diabate (hand) is out for the next game.

Clippers vs Lakers H2H

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers have competed in 236 official NBA games. In this rivalry, the Lakers have been more successful, securing 151 victories, whereas the Clippers have won 85 times. Before their initial matchup this season, the Clippers had maintained an 11-game winning streak against the Lakers, demonstrating their recent dominance in this head-to-head contest.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers lineups and key players

Los Angeles Lakers projected starting lineup: 

  • Point guard: Austin Reaves
  • Shooting guard: Taurean Prince
  • Small forward: Cam Reddish
  • Power forward: LeBron James
  • Center: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis has played a vital role for the Lakers this season, standing out as the team’s top performer in both scoring and rebounding. He boasts remarkable averages of 25.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. His exceptional skills on the court have a substantial impact on the Lakers’ overall performance and the outcomes of their games.

Los Angeles Clippers projected starting lineup: 

  • Point guard: James Harden
  • Shooting guard: Terence Mann
  • Small forward: Paul George
  • Power forward: Kawhi Leonard
  • Center: Ivica Zubacs

Kawhi Leonard, with an average of 24.4 points per game, leads the scoring for the Clippers. Additionally, his contributions extend significantly to the team’s defense. The Clippers’ defensive rating stands at 113.4 points per game when Leonard is playing, compared to a notably higher 123.9 points per game when he is not on the court.

Clippers vs Lakers predictions and betting tips

Before the Lakers’ exciting overtime win against the Clippers in November, the Clippers had dominated their rivalry with an 11-game winning streak. Currently, the Clippers are in excellent form, boasting a 14-2 record, in stark contrast to the Lakers, who have been struggling with a recent record of 2-9.

The Clippers have a marginal advantage defensively and a substantial edge offensively. The Lakers have had particular difficulties in defending against three-point shots, while the Clippers are ranked third in the league in three-point shooting percentage. Given these factors, it seems likely that the Clippers will maintain their strong performance and assert their dominance in upcoming games.

  • Betting prediction: Los Angeles Clippers to win 
  • Odds: 1.61 (-165 American). 
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