NBA Betting: The Clippers to heap misery on the Lakers in LA derby

Los Angeles Clippers - Los Angeles Lakers

Last time they met it was ugly, and the beautiful people in Hollywood don't like that sort of thing.

The Los Angeles Lakers were embarrassed 142-94 by the Clippers, their Staples co-tenants, for their worst defeat in NBA history and even movie star Jack Nicholson, a die-hard Lakers fan, left early.

The Lakers could do with a few good men right now as they seem to be putting up the white flag before this game has even started.

Kobe Bryant, as we know, is done for the year, and the Lakers will be without Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and Chris Kaman. Pau Gasol has missed six of the last seven games as he battles a vertigo problem and Steve Nash is listed as doubtful to play.

For the Lakers, having to rely on Ken Bazemore and Jodie Meeks to get the win is about as good as it gets.

The Clippers were flying at home until the Dallas Mavericks beat them on Thursday and when you only have six home defeats for the season, you can't see Doc Rivers' side dropping two straight at Staples.

Fortunately for the likes of Nicholson, he won't have to go through the terror of sitting through this one as the Clippers are designated the home team.

Consider the Clippers to win with a -16.5 handicap at 1.98, or for the same odds, bet on the away team (Lakers) to have under 104.5 points at the end of the game.


Miami Heat - New York Knicks

There's only one play-off spot left up for grabs in the East and the New York Knicks want it. If they are going to do it, and overtake the Atlanta Hawks in the standings, they will have to achieve it with a hurt Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony has a shoulder injury but the Knicks can't afford to rest him, and they face a Heat side likely missing Dwayne Wade and Greg Oden.

The Heat are going through a sticky patch at the moment and the 3.55 offered for the Knicks to win sure looks tempting, although the Knicks to win with a +6.5 handicap at 1.98 might be a wiser choice.


Best Bet: Away team (Los Angeles Lakers) to have under 104.5 points at the end of the game, at 1.98.