Clippers vs. Lakers: NBA Game Preview at YouWager

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Tip-off: Thursday, February 14, 2013 – 10:30 PM ET

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles Clippers sit comfortable atop the Pacific Division and YouWager experts consider they can claim some rare bragging rights entering the All-Star break.

If the Los Angeles Lakers are able to prevent that from happening, they’ll likely need Kobe Bryant to recover from one of the most horrible performances of his career.

Tonight the Clippers attempt to take the NBA season series from the Lakers for the first time in 20 years.

The Clippers (38-17) are bidding for their first division title, and hold a huge 6 1/2-game lead on second-place Golden State Warriors.

As online sports betting fans know, the Lakers (25-28) have won five straight Pacific Division titles, however that run may be nearing an end since they’re 12 games back of their Staples Center co-tenants.

Thus far, the two head-to-head basketball games have also gone the Clippers’ way, including a 107-102 win in the most recent meeting Jan. 4.

A win tonight would give the Clippers the season series for the first time since taking three of five during 1992-93.

Even while being one of the biggest disappointments of the season, the Lakers have put together their own strong stretch, winning eight of 11 after dropping 10 of 12.

Bryant’s 27.0 points per game is fourth in the league, but the Lakers’ recent success has come with him averaging 18.3.

The 34 year-old star player had merely four points on 1 for 8 shooting with eight turnovers Tuesday, but the Lakers overcame that to beat the Phoenix Suns 91-85.

A game against the Clippers could help Bryant find his stroke. He’s averaging 35.3 points on 55.6 percent from the floor over the past six NBA games, and he’s totaled 78 points in this season’s two defeats.