The Los Angeles Clippers go for their third win of the year over the Los Angeles Lakers tonight to conclude Tuesday’s NBA slate.
The pregame narrative: Kawhi Leonard is back to scoring at an all-league level, and so is LeBron James. Both players are worth a look on their respective prop markets — as is Marcus Morris, who has a modest rebounding line to clear.
Here are our Clippers vs. Lakers picks for January 24.
Odds as of 12:42 p.m. on 01/24/2023.
Clippers vs. Lakers prop picks
Best Bet : Leonard over 27.5 points (-105)
If you just focused on season-long numbers, this line would look absurdly high for Leonard. But based on how he’s fared lately, this is a number he should be able to clear.
Recent form is a worthwhile factor to consider in general, but it’s especially important for the oft-injured Leonard. Several times this season he was either on minutes restrictions or playing only a few games in a row while dealing with knee and ankle injuries.
In his latest two-week span of games (Jan. 8-22), though, Leonard looks like he’s at full go.
The five-time all-star averaged 29.9 points over that stretch, clearing this number in five of seven games.
Sure, he only scored 14 points against the Lakers in his lone matchup against them this season. But that was in a minutes-restricted season debut. Expectations — and results — have changed quite a bit.
Key stat: Leonard is averaging 36.8 minutes per game since Jan. 8 after hitting the 36-minute mark just once in 17 previous games.
James to record a double-double (+115): Based on how LeBron is playing right now, this is some pretty sweet value.
Over his past 10 games, LeBron has six double-doubles — averaging 35.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 7.9 assists in that span. Among the four recent games where he didn’t get a double-double, he fell short by either one rebound or one assist three times.
The four-time MVP posted a double-double against the Clippers back on the second night of the season (20 points, 10 rebounds).
Morris over 3.5 rebounds (-134): You might think this would be a gimme for a 6-foot-8 player who averages almost 30 minutes per night. While that’s unfortunately not the case, Morris is averaging 4.5 rebounds this season and has cleared this line in 62.2% of games.
He also hit the over in both previous matchups against the Lakers.
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