Larry Ness' 10* Rivalry G.O.M. (22-8 TY in NBA): The lockout delayed the start of TY's NBA season until Christmas Day but Larry has been ready since the opening tip. He's a MONEY-MAKING 61-39-1 with all releases and that includes a SPECTACULAR 22-8 (73%) with his 10* G.O.M. plays. Larry's 'ASSAULT' on the NBA pointspread continues Wednesday with his 10* Rivalry Game of the Month!
Game: Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers Apr 4 2012 10:35PM
Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: My 10* Rivalry Game of the Month is on the LA Clippers at 10:35 ET.
It's been quite some time since a Lakers/Clippers game had this much significance. The 34-20 Lakers lead the Pacific Division by 1 1/2 games over the 32-21 Clippers, currently placing them No. 3 among Western Conference teams. The Clippers are not only attempting to catch the Lakers but the team also needs to do no worse than hold onto its current No. 4 seed in the West, as the hard-charging Grizzlies are just 1 1/2 games behind the Clippers. I doubt any team wants to draw Memphis in a first round matchup and surely NOT without at least, home court advantage! The Lakers squandered all of a 17-point lead to the Nets last night but Kobe bailed them out with a very late three-pointer. Every time I think the Lakers are getting their act together, they prove me wrong. I 'LOVED' the addition of Sessions and while he's been excellent (11.2-3.2-5.6 on 53.3% shooting, including 50.0% on threes), LA is 7-4 SU but a just awful 1-10 ATS. The Clippers are 19-9 SU on one days' rest while the Lakers are just 8-8 without rest. Yes, this is the Staples Center so it's hard to call it a true road game for the Lakers but they are 11-15 SU and 9-17 ATS on the road this year. The Clippers won and covered the first meeting between the two teams (as the designated home team) on Jan 14 and the Lakers "returned that favor" with a "home" win (and cover) over the Clippers on Jan 25. A win tonight would give the Clippers the season series for the first time in 19 years. Is thjs dysfunctional franchise ready for "prime time." I'm not sure, because while a win tonight would be HUGE, the Clippers still have about three weeks to prove "they are still the Clippers!" For at least tonight, I'm betting the Clippers are the better team.