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LA Lakers vs LA Clippers betting tips, odds and predictions

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7:30pm PT Tuesday, October 22 at Staples Center, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Lakers: -151.52 with Bovada
Los Angeles Clippers: +130

The opening night of the 2019-20 NBA season will see the Lakers and the Clippers tussle at the Staples Center in the battle for Los Angeles.

The city has been split unevenly between fans over the years, as the Lakers normally have the bulk of the local supporter base, but a couple of big trades have completely changed the dynamic this season.

With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the Clippers roster this season, the NBA Western Conference betting has taken an interesting turn.

LeBron James enjoyed his longest offseason in years and, at the age of 34, can still be the win-condition the Lakers need, but with Anthony Davis on his side, the job will be much easier to complete.

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George will miss the start of the campaign due to a shoulder injury, but the Lakers are not without fitness concerns of their own.

Third-year forward Kyle Kuzma is listed as out with a foot issue, whilst veteran guard Rajon Rondo is questionable with a calf complaint.

With Rondo out or playing less minutes for the Lakers, Quinn Cook will need to step up as he previously did during his time at the Golden State Warriors.

Several big questions will be answered in this match, such as the output of the Lakers’ bench, whether Dwight Howard can make an impact, Lou Williams’s scoring threat in the new rotation, the Clippers’ ability to play without George, and whether LeBron is still the best player in the twilight of his career.

Lakers vs Clippers betting predictions

Patrick Beverly over 11.5 points + assists @ -121.95 with Bovada
When you want a player to lock down defensively and fight for his right to play, you look to Patrick Beverly as the complete role-model and textbook example. Beverly loves to get physical and often finds himself clashing with the best opposition each night. Now that the Clippers are genuine and Beverly will play a significant role, you can see him elevating himself on the offensive end and making an impact in this match.

Anthony Davis over 38.5 points + rebounds @ -121.95 with Bovada
The number may seem large for most players, but Anthony Davis has previously averaged 28 points per game and nearly averaged 12 rebounds in the same season. With Kyle Kuzma out and the Lakers placing all their chips in the middle, Davis needs to come out and control from the tip off. His ability to score from all parts of the floor make him a constant threat, but it’s the pairing with LeBron that will see him getting less attention from the opposition and more great looks.

Total match points over 225.5 @ -111.11 with Bovada
With the combination of offensive superstars for the Lakers and excellent bench players for the Clippers, this match will exceed the 225.5 line and become a high scoring match. You can see the Lakers getting on quick runs and putting up over 30 points per quarter, whilst the Clippers will eventually grind their way to a large total, with an added spurt in the end by Kawhi.

Los Angeles Clippers to win @ +130 with Bovada
Despite the absence of Paul George from the Clippers starting five, the duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell coming off the bench will completely overpower the Lakers’ bench, which has taken a large hit to bring in Davis. The Clippers will have enough players to fill their voids and have great odds as outsiders for this mouth-watering opening night.

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