Daily Bet: Clippers -1 at Lakers

I told you. I told you the Chiefs wouldn’t have six turnovers again versus the Chargers! K.C.
coughed it up only four times last night. Too bad that’s the only prediction from that debacle that I got right. Holy hell, how does a 10-6 game with less than 12 minutes remaining turn into a 31-13 rout? If you answered “Matt Cassel and Romeo Crennel,” give yourself a cookie. (I must admit, as much as I shit on Norv Turner, he’s downright Lombard-ian when compared with Crennel.)

Back to the hardwood tonight with another bet against the Lakers. It’s not bad enough that Kobe and the troops dropped their first two games in blowout fashion (eight-point home loss vs. mediocre Dallas; 10-point road loss at just-as-mediocre Portland), but they also lost point guard Steve Nash to a knee injury in Wednesday’s loss to the Blazers. Barring the last-minute arrival of a vial of HGH—er, I mean, barring a miracle, Nash won’t play tonight. Thankfully, that’s not a big deal, seeing that the Lakers are only facing Chris Paul. All sarcasm aside, did you catch Paul’s act in the Clippers’ season-opening 101-92 rout of the Grizzlies? He had 12 points, 12 assists and four rebounds while checking Memphis point guard Mike Conley to the tune of seven points and six turnovers.

Paul was hardly the only force in that victory; five of his teammates also scored in double
figures, with newcomer Jamal Crawford pouring in a game-high 29 points. In fact, have you checked the Clippers’ 2012-13 roster? Paul, Crawford, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and Lamar Odom. Not even Vinny Del Negro can screw this up—OK, that’s not true; he can. Thankfully, tonight, Del Negro’s matching coaching wits with the equally inept Mike Brown.

I mentioned Wednesday that it’s going to take the new-look Lakers, who are playing their third game in four nights, a lot of time to gel. Of course, at the time, I meant a couple of weeks. Now I’m thinking maybe a couple of months. No, I’m not saying the Lakers are going 0-82; I’m just saying they’re starting 0-3. Oh, and here’s your stat of the day: Going back to last year’s playoffs and including a winless preseason, the Lakers have lost 12 consecutive games.

Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Thursday’s Result: Chiefs +7.5 at Chargers (L)

Record: 63-51-1