The Lakers vs. Clippers game on Thursday night may be prove to be the most bet NBA regular season game ever. After four months of pent up demand combined with the launch of sports betting sites in Colorado and Illinois (sort of), bettors will surely have plenty of incentive to get in on the action.
Here’s how to literally not lose betting the Lakers-Clippers tonight, complete with odds, props, promos, and odds boosts for the return of NBA action!
What’s in this Lakers vs. Clippers betting preview:
- Best odds
- Where to bet
- Game line, total and props
- Bet data
- Win probability
- Picks and prediction (how to guarantee you win)
Best Odds for Lakers vs. Clippers
|Clippers||+4 (-110)||0 216||+160|
|Lakers||-4 (-110)||U 216||-190|
Taking a look at NBA odds at Action Rush, the Lakers are a consensus 4-point favorite with an over-under of 216. -192 on the moneyline.
But there are much better values to be had.
You just have to shop around.
Since this is the first NBA action in a while, most legal sports betting sites are offering game-specific promos and boosts that present much better value to bettors.
The best one is at FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you’re in Colorado or Indiana, sign up for FanDuel here .
Here’s are the best available odds and bets for Lakers vs. Clippers.
- FanDuel Sportsbook’s Spread the Love promo is raising the line in the Lakers’ favor for every 2,500 bets on them.
- As of writing this (Thursday morning), the Lakers are up to +13. No strings attached here. The max bet is $50 and you get whatever the closing line on the game is, likely over 20 points. At least 37,500 have already taken the Lakers.
- This is available to both new and current customers at FanDuel Sportsbook in all markets where it is live (PA, NJ, CO, IN, WV). New users can also get a $500 risk-free bet.
- Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook here
- If you’re in Colorado or Indiana, you need to sign up here .
- Unibet PA is targeting the total with a signup bonus associated with the over-under. Bet exactly $10 on the moneyline and get $50 if the total goes over 175.
- Place an exactly $10 bet on the moneyline for the Lakers and Clips and if the total goes over 175, you’ll get a $50 bonus. As mentioned, the total is currently set at 216, so this one has a high likelihood of cashing.
- Sign up here if you’re in Pennsylvania and use code NBARETURN.
- PointsBet is offering no juice NBA spreads for the remainder of the regular season.
- Though it doesn’t change the line, you can bet with no juice or spread at PointsBet in New Jersey and Indiana. New users who bet $25 will get a $100 bonus when they sign up here .
Here are links to claim all of the boosts:
Where To Bet The Return of NBA Basketball
Let’s get right to it– legal online sports betting is available in the following states:
A few other states offer “online betting” but require players to register in-person or through the lottery, so we’re not including those. You can learn more about legal sports betting here.
If you’re in Pennsylvania, it’s worth checking out Unibet’s boost on the over-under here .
Lakers vs. Clippers Line, Total, and Props
The Lakers opened at 4.5-point, with slight line movement down to -4.
The total has hovered around 216.
FOX Bet typically has the best selection of props. Here are some of the best for tonight.
- LeBron James points 25.5
- Kawhi Leonard points 26.5
- Paul George points 23.5
- Anthony Davis points 24.5
- LeBron James 9.5
- Kawhi Leonard 4.5
- Paul George 3.5
- Anthony Davis 2.5
- Anthony Davis 9.5
- LeBron James 7.
- Kawhi Leonard 6.5
- Paul George 5.5
I’m not too concerned with props tonight though. Too much value to bet had elsewhere.
To be frank, the line feels high. As of yesterday, DraftKings Sportsbook told us 59% of the handle and 74% of total bets were on the Lakers to cover. Feels like an unbelievable fade the public opportunity (unless you take advantage of FanDuel’s odds boost, which you absolutely should).
No one knows how any team or player will react coming out of the four-month break. The Clippers are hurt being without Lou Williams, but this line should be much closer.
The Lakers are also the most heavily-bet team to win the NBA Championship at DraftKings, by a wide margin. They are receiving 33% of the action. Clearly, the public loves LeBron and Show Time.
But there’s more reason why the Clippers might make some sense tonight.
We love to look at FiveThirtyEight’s projections.
Both their RAPTOR and ELO forecasts have this as a closer game than it is listed for:
As you can see, both projections set the line much lower than it currently is.
At the consensus -192 moneyline, the Lakers are implied a 65.8% win probability. At +159, the Clippers are implied at 38.6% (those extra 4 points are the juice).
Given the unpredictability of the return from the break, the fact that these teams are evenly matched, and the win projections, it’s clear there’s value on betting the Clippers, particularly on the spread.
The Lakers and Clippers have lived up to much of the preseason hype, entering play as the top and second-seeded teams in the Western Conference, respectively.
While the expectation of many of these teams meeting in the Western Conference Finals is a foregone conclusion, neither team will enter Thursday night’s matchup at full strength.
The Clippers will be without starting big man Montrezl Harrell, who’s had a career year, posting 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Three-time reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams will miss the game as he’s going through a league-mandated quarantine period after the guard allegedly went to the Magic City strip club without the league’s consent in addition to a league-approved trip outside of the bubble to attend his grandfather’s funeral.
To make matters worse in the backcourt, Patrick Beverley’s status, although upgraded to “questionable”, is far from certain.
The Lakers have their own issues.
The biggest name in question at the moment is the Lakers’ prized off-season acquisition Anthony Davis, who’s listed as “questionable” with an eye injury.
While it’s more likely than not he suits up, if he’s unable to go, the Lakers will struggle to replace his 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game.
In the backcourt, the Lakers saw Avery Bradley opt out of the league’s restart and Rajon Rondo had surgery on his thumb, which leaves him another 4-6 weeks from a return.
Both pieces of news mean we will likely see an increase in minutes for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
It’s a difficult game to predict, but the top-end talent still resides with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the Clippers, who won the first two of three games in the season series.
Picks and Prediction (How to Hedge Guaranteed Cash)
I’m betting the Clippers. Sort of. Here’s how and where.
First up, I’m taking the Lakers with the bet $20, get $100 boost available at DraftKings as a hedge against action on the Clippers elsewhere.
At FanDuel, I’m betting $50 on the Lakers to cover what will be an up to +20 line through their Spread the Love promo.
At Unibet, I’m betting $10 on the Clippers moneyline at + money and cashing in on the boost.
If I was in New Jersey, I’d bet $50+ on the Clippers with no juice. Otherwise, I’ll take them at another sportsbook like FOX Bet or BetRivers.
Oh, and if I’m in a state with BetMGM, I’ll bet $1 to win $100 if someone hits a three-pointer.
There’s just so much goodness available at legal sportsbooks, that there’s virtually no way to not come out on top if you spread your money around appropriately.
In this case, if the Lakers cover, I’ll win my bet on DraftKings, get the $100 boost. I’ll win at FanDuel with their promo. I’ll lose $10 but cash $50 with Unibet. And I’ll lose my $50 at PointsBet, but whatever.
If the Clippers cover, I’ll lose $20 at DraftKings, but in all likelihood win everywhere else.
All of the signup links to get these boosts: