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Two teams confident that they have significantly improved over the summer meet on NBA Opening Night 2019 when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers, who last posted a winning season in 2012-13, have been polar opposites of the Clippers, who had winning seasons from 2011-12 through last year. Tuesday’s game will start at 10:30 p.m. ET from the Staples Center. The Lakers have posted just 18 losing seasons in 71 years and are three-point favorites in the latest Lakers vs. Clippers odds, a four-point swing from the opener. Meanwhile, the over-under for total points scored is 224 after opening at 227. Before making any Clippers vs. Lakers picks of your own, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and anyone who followed it last season saw massive returns. The model finished 300-252 on all its top-rated picks. On top-rated against the spread and money line picks alone, the model returned a whopping $4,280.
Now, the model has dialed in on Clippers vs. Lakers. We can tell you it’s leaning over, and it also says one side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. That pick is available exclusively at SportsLine.
The model knows the Lakers have been one of the NBA’s elite franchises through the years, compiling a 3,333-2,282 all-time record, but have gone nearly a decade since winning a league championship. The last time the Lakers won a championship was in back-to-back seasons – 2008-09 and 2009-10, the last of five titles under legendary coach Phil Jackson.
The Lakers will be looking for productivity on offense from point guard Rajon Rondo, who averaged 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds last season. For his career, he has averaged 10.4 points per game. He was a thorn in the Clippers’ side last season. In three games, he averaged 17.7 points and 9.7 rebounds.