The Lakers had their four-gaming winning streak snapped by Portland in an embarrassing effort, 112-103, last Tuesday. It was the eighth time in the last 10 games that the Lakers gave up more than 105 points. Expect a tighter defensive effort against the Clippers, which is going nowhere in the post season and has been playing like it. The Lakers have won the previous three meetings by margins of 21, 18 and 37 points, so expect another blow-out victory for Phil Jackson’s group. Lakers -15½.