Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers
Lakers did a great job yesterday, although they missed a lot of key players, they had the lead in the biggest part of that game but the Kings with a late comeback and a great amount of luck managed to get the win with a buzzer beater.
Lakers will miss James, McGee, Beasley, and Rondo once again.
The Clippers had an extra day of rest while their last game was also against the Kings and although they Kings attempted to make a late comeback in a match that was pretty much over (difference was +20 halfway through the last quarter), the Clippers brought back their starting lineup in the last 3 minutes to take care and finish the job.
Still, the Clippers had a very easy afternoon and most of their starters enjoyed some much needed extra rest. Gallinari, who was not among the players that had to return late in that game against the Kings, played just 23 minutes, his second lowest of the season though he did not have a great day as he finished the game with 36% FG and just 20% from the three-point line, quite low and rare efficiency for him. In this rivalry, against the banged-up Lakers, he doesn't have to worry about much as there is no good matchup for him. Ingram is supposed to guard him but Gallinari has the length and strength to his advantage as well as the post moves, which is a big issue for Ingram defensively.
The Lakers will focus defensively on the more active Harris who can be a menace and they have enough to counter him with Kuzma and Lonzo but Gallinari, on the other hand, is a much tougher task and they will have trouble slowing him down thus he should do most of the damage for the limited starting lineup of the Clippers.
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Los Angeles Clippers prediction
|Gallinari - Over 20.5 Points||Bet365||2.10||8||19 LOST (-8 units)|