Lakers On Track to Catch Clippers Early as LA Face-Off Takes Spotlight on NBA Restart
There are few better ways to restart the NBA season than with a showdown between rivals, though Los Angeles giants the Lakers and the Clippers come into Thursday’s matchup with differing prospects.
Both Western Conference contenders enter the seeding stage with eyes on the top spot ahead of the play-offs, but only one can take that No. 1 berth into the post-season.
The Clippers come into this clash with a weakened lineup and are listed as +150 (2.50) underdogs with Borgata sportsbook NJ, offering odds of -182 (1.55) for favorites the Lakers to take advantage.
Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Landry Shamet and Ivica Zubac each recently spent time outside the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, and are thus subject to quarantine before they play. Moreover, guard Lou Williams has been at the center of some controversy after it emerged he visited a strip club while away for a personal matter, meaning he also won’t be available for coach Doc Rivers on Thursday, per Brad Turner:
NBA confirmed that Clippers guard Lou Williams started his return to the bubble quarantine Saturday and its a 10 day quarantine. That means Williams won’t play for Clippers vs. Lakers Thursday in first game of NBA restart to season.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 26, 2020
Clippers vs. Lakers Info
- Date: Thursday, July 30
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- Venue: The Arena (Wide World of Sports Complex), Orlando, Florida
- TV Info: TNT
Lakers vs Clippers Predictions
The Lakers have posted a respectable 2-1 record in their scrimmage games and bounced back from a narrow defeat to the Dallas Mavericks in their Orlando opener. What’s even more encouraging for the team is seeing star names LeBron James and Anthony Davis get more minutes on the court together, though both were rested in Monday’s 123-116 win over the Washington Wizards.
The presences of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George mean the Clippers can never be ruled out altogether, but a stark difference in depth for this particular meeting should see the Lakers come out on top.
Prediction: Lakers to win (-6.5)
Lakers vs. Clippers Odds
- LA Clippers: +150
- LA Lakers: -182