10:30 PM ET, January 10, 2014
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Tonight the Los Angeles Lakers will have to do without two of their most important players when they meet the Los Angeles Clippers.
YouWager experts consider that by taking a look at the way both teams are playing undermanned, one team is obviously missing its leader more than the other.
The Clippers, the home team in tonight’s game, have won back-to-back NBA contests without Chris Paul, who is sidelined for up to six weeks with a separated right shoulder. Blake Griffin led the way in Wednesday’s 111-105 win versus the Boston Celtics with 29 points and eight assists.
Doc Rivers has seen plenty of progress in a pair of victories by a combined 26 points since the Clippers lost their first game with Paul out by 24 points versus the San Antonio Spurs.
Redick, who started the team’s first 17 games before suffering a broken hand and a torn ligament in his wrist, might just suit up for tonight’s game.
The Lakers (14-22) have been pretty weak without Kobe Bryant. After winning their first game following the 35 year-old’s latest knee injury, they’ve lost nine of 10, allowing 108.9 points per game while scoring just 97.5.
Turnovers have been a huge deal, as the absence of Bryant — along with injured guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar — has left the Lakers looking for consistency at the point. Recently signed guard Kendall Marshall has dished out 46 assists in his four starts, but he’s given it away six times in the last two games and the Lakers had 18 total turnovers in Wednesday’s 113-99 defeat versus the Houston Rockets.
Since Christmas, the Lakers are allowing a NBA-worst 22.8 points per game off turnovers.
Online sports betting experts believe the Clippers (25-13) are ready to take advantage of any Lakers mistakes. The team averages 18.8 points off turnovers and 16.3 fast-break points, both among the top five in the NBA.
The Clippers had a four-game win streak in this series before getting outscored 41-24 in the fourth quarter of a 116-103 defeat in the season opener Oct. 29.
Lakers guard Xavier Henry led the way with a then career-high 22 points in that win, but the 22 year-old will miss a sixth consecutive game tonight with a bone bruise in his knee.