Our top NBA betting pick for the weekend comes in the form of the most accurate Clippers v Lakers prediction for January 7, 2024. These two teams have gone in opposite directions since the last meeting. Their previous matchup was on November 2, 2023, and the purple and gold just managed to end a 11-game losing streak against their city rivls by winning in OT 130:125. A lot of things happened since that date.
The Lakers went on to win the In Season tournament, while the Clippers brought in James Harden. At first, the Clippers had a very tough time integrating the Beard in their lineup, but it looks like they have figured things out lately as they have won eight of their last ten games and have a 22-12 record ranking them fifth in the Western Conference. Contrary to the Clippers, the Lakers have won just two of their last ten games and are currently outside of the Play In tournament as they are 11th in the West. Let’s examine all the details going into this NBA betting pick and find out who the winner will be with our very best Clippers v Lakers prediction for January 7, 2024.
Clippers Have Started To Mesh
If we examine an even larger sample size, Ty Lue and his men have won 14 of their last 16 games, and are currently on a 5-game win streak. In their last game on Friday, the Clippers beat the Pelicans by 111:95, and the Pels are one of the hottest teams in the league right now. Paul George had 24 points and went 6/10 from 3-point range. Kawhi had 19 points with 9 rebounds, while Harden had a poor shooting night going 2/7 from the field, but contributed with 13 assists!
The only piece that seems a bit unsettled right now is Russel Westbrook. Russ himself made the biggest sacrifice out of their Big Four by opting to start from the bench. However, he hasn’t been able to generate his usual double-digit numbers in terms of points, assists and even rebounds. He has been somewhat lost, especially as of lately, but that’s still a work in progress and Ty Lue has over half a season left to get things right.
Lakers Going Through Struggles
Since winning the NBA Cup, LeBron and Co have gone downhill, big time. Lakers have lost 9 of their last 11 games. There have been reports that players are now unhappy with coach Darwin Ham and his rotations. It does look like this Lakers roster would need another reshuffling or at least a head coaching change. The problem is that Rob Pelynka, who did a tremendous job with the roster late last season and managed to improve the team that went on to the Western Conference Finals, they just don’t have any pieces that could be moved right now. The only valuable guy that could be of any interest for other teams in the NBA is Austin Reaves, but it’s unlikely that they will decide to deal him. Reaves has been great for them, he is young and with great potential. Besides him, Bron and AD, all the other guys are rotational players, not superstars that are teams are willing to trade for.
Thus, a coaching change is actually easier to do. I haven’t been sold on Ham ever since he was appointed. He has no experience and it’s probably difficult for him to manage such a group of older and proven players. Bottom line is that this Lakers roster isn’t actually quite that bad. Yes, they are probably not championship material, but their record should be way better. Bron and AD have played the majority of games this season, and they have been quite solid. Austin Reaves is continuing his improvement from last year, plays solid ball with 15 PPG, 5 Rebounds and 5 Assists. He has been moved to the bench, but hasn’t complained.
D’Angello Russel is the one who has been rumoured for a potential trade, but his stats aren’t that bad either. His numbers are similar to those of Austin Reaves with 14.9 PPG, 2.9 Rebounds and 6 Assists.
To focus back on this Lakers v Clippers prediction for January 7, 2024, it has to be noted that both teams are talented. The Lakers have plenty of good players and could beat any team in the NBA if they put a solid shift.