Clippers-Lakers Betting Preview: Will LeBron Finally Turn Things Around?

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Betting Odds: Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers

  • Spread: Lakers -3.5
  • Over/Under: 234
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBA TV

>> All odds as of 3:45 p.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time NBA odds and track your bets

The Lakers are now 6-1 to make the playoffs and desperately need a win, especially against a division rival also fighting for a playoff berth.

There’s no shortage of storylines in this one tonight, but where’s the betting  value? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

The last time the Lakers faced the Clippers was just over a month ago when the Lakers closed as 2-point favorites and beat their in-town rival, 123-120.

Since that game, the Lakers have played six games when listed as the favorite, going 1-5 straight-up and 0-6 against-the-spread (ATS) in those, failing to cover by 16.8 points per game. Since Feb. 1, the Lakers, Suns and Knicks are the only three teams to not cover a game when listed as the favorite. — Evan Abrams

Over the last two seasons, including the playoffs, LeBron James-led teams are 67-98-2 (40.6%) ATS in their last 167 games. This season, the Lakers are the third-least profitable team ATS, while last year the Cavaliers were the least-profitable team ATS in the NBA. — Abrams

As Evan noted, the Lakers have been dreadful ATS this season. That isn’t stopping bettors from betting on LeBron, however, as a majority of spread tickets have been placed on them tonight. This season, when the Lakers have received 50% or more of bets, they have gone 16-29-1 (35.6%) ATS. The more lopsided the action, the worse the team has performed. — John Ewing

  • 60% or more of bets: 10-22-1 (31.3%) ATS
  • 70% or more of bets: 4-10 (28.6%) ATS

The only time it has been profitable to bet on the Lakers this season is when they are on a losing streak. The Lakers have lost back-to-back games entering Monday’s showdown with the Clippers. This season, LeBron and Co. are 8-5 ATS when they have lost two or more games in a row and 18-30 (37.5%) ATS in all other games. — Ewing

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