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Clippers vs. Lakers Betting Lines – Nov. 2, 2012

Los Angeles Clippers (1-0, 1-0 ATS) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-2, 0-2 ATS)
When: 10:35pm EST. Friday, November 2, 2012
Where: Staples Center. Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Clippers 1-0 (1-0 ATS) and Los Angeles Lakers 0-2 (0-2 ATS) renew their rivalry on Friday night when they meet at the Staples Center. After starting the season 0-2, the Lakers will be desperately looking for a win. At the time I write this (Friday at 3:00pm EST), Steve Nash is doubtful to play.

Last night, the Clippers hit the court for the 1st time and they won 101-92 over the Grizzlies. The Clippers shot 51.4% from the field and had consistent scoring from the bench. Newly signed Jamal Crawford lead the team in scoring with 29 points.

LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers – 11/02/12

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-2 (-110)
+2 (-110)
-1.5 (-115)
+1.5 (-105)
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Despite the slow start to the season, the Lakers are favored at home against the Clippers. The Lakers opened up at -5.5, but early action has seen the point spread bet down to just -2 and that has a lot to do with early public perception on both teams. Also, Nash isn’t expected to play (game-time decision), taking some basketball IQ out of the Lakers equation.

Will the LA Lakers Fall to 0-3 to Start the Season?

Both of these teams have extreme amounts of talent, but the big question for the Lakers is when they’ll begin to gel. The Lakers could easily have the best team in the West this season, but they need to start playing some defense if they expect to win.

The Lakers have allowed 107.5 PPG while scoring just 98.5 PPG through the first two games of the season. This game is going to come down to who can make the most stops and I think the Clippers have the better defense, so I bet the underdog when they were +5.5. With the point spread closer now, it’s a tougher decision to make.

The Clippers added some depth this season by signing Crawford and Lamar Odom. In their 1st game with the Clippers, they both played great coming off the bench. Odom was all over on defense, as he picked up 6 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and 2 steals.

Eric Bledsoe looked great off the bench in support of Chris Paul last night. The depth of the Clippers should help them make a title run at the end of the season. In this game I expect the Clippers depth to prove too much for the Lakers.

When you look at the starting five on the Lakers (Howard, Gasol, Bryant, Nash & World Peace) they have one of the best line-ups in the NBA. However, the bench is brutal, and apart from Jamison and Blake the bench has nobody. With little rest in the NBA, the constant minutes will take a toll on the Lakers veterans as well.

Clippers vs. Lakers Betting Picks for November 2, 2012

Bet the Clippers +2 (-110) at BetOnline

The bench depth of the Clippers will win them this game. The Lakers have already played twice (Tuesday & Wednesday) this week, and with the lack of depth I can’t see the Lakers hanging around against the Clippers.

If Nash doesn’t play, the Lakers could be in big trouble, as Chris Paul will have a huge game against Blake. Even if Nash does play, the Clippers depth should be enough to push them past the Lakers. Odom against his old team will be a big match-up for the Lakers, as I’m sure he’s going to be hungry coming off the bench tomorrow night. Odom wants to show the NBA he’s ‘back’, and what better time for a huge night than against the Lakers?

ScottThis article was written by Scott

Scott is one of the original degenerates working for MobileSportsBetting.com. Although he's most successful betting on NFL football and international soccer, he's also active in UFC and NHL hockey betting.

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