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Best tips and picks for Wednesday’s NBA: Los Angeles Lakers @ Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers (37-19) host the Los Angeles Lakers (32-18) in the NBA on Wednesday night (0300 GMT Thurs).

With a smaller schedule in the NBA on Wednesday night, we’re focusing on the main event as the LA Lakers and LA Clippers clash in Tinseltown.

Last night’s NBA acca produced four handsomely priced winners but the acca fell half a point short as the Miami Heat beat Portland 106-96.

Wednesday’s NBA tips

Over 236.5 points

 

Los Angeles Lakers @ Los Angeles Clippers

The Lakers make the long trip from the home dressing room to the away dressing room in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Lakers are 32-18 on the season with an ATS record of 27-33, while the Clippers are 37-19 with a winning ATS record of 29-27.

The line opened at -5.5 in favour of a Clips team minus Paul George, which admittedly felt a steep price to pay. It’s since been backed down to -3.5.

LeBron James is again listed as questionable for the Lakers but there seems little doubt he’ll miss this game, while Anthony Davis is probable.

Notably, the Clippers have won 12 of 14 meetings with the Lakers, covered the spread in 12 of 15 and are on a 7-0 run when listed as the home team in the fixture.

 

Both teams are faring similarly on offence but what stands out is that while the Clippers' defence is straight-up better, that hasn’t been the case over the last 10 games.

They’ve struggled to defend inside and also in transition, which is where the Lakers excel. Their best work is done on the break and James and Davis should have success at the rim.

We’ve seen totals of 209, 243 and 255 when these teams have met this season, but the Clippers matchup quite poorly in this particular moment, while the Lakers let everyone score.

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