Lakers vs Clippers Preview
The LA Clippers will “host” the LA Lakers at Staples this Sunday afternoon in a local derby that could easily be seen in the West Conference finals. These two sides are the biggest favorites for winning the Larry O’Brien trophy, along with the Nets and the Bucks, which creates a massive hype surrounding their clash.
Lakers are shorthanded, without LeBron and Anthony Davis, and also with Andre Drummond injured, which is a big plus for LAC.
Lakers vs Clippers Schedule
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
- When: Sunday, April 4, 3:30pm ET
- How to Watch: ABC
Lakers vs Clippers Odds
The Purple And Gold Ahead of Fierce Stretch
After this game, the Lakers jump to East, where they have five stops along the road, all against the playoff contenders (plus the Nets). Having in mind that they probably won’t have LBJ and AD, this is going to be the biggest possible test for the remaining part of the crew.
LAL needs to come back home with at least three victories to stay in contention for the top place in the league, or at least the second seed. But not only that. If purple and gold experience some losing streak similar to the one from late March, they might slip down in the standings, additionally complicating their situation.
The latest win over the Sacramento Kings on the road, 115-94, boosts the morale of the fans and the players, with that being the third in the previous four contests. Kyle Kuzma exploded with 30 points, reminding everyone why he is one of the league’s most talented players.
Clippers Want Reaction
The reaction for two straight losses at home, following two wins over top teams from the East, the 76ers, and the Bucks. At first, Lue’s team suffered a shocking loss to the Orlando Magic and, after that vs Denver Nuggets, 101-94.
Arguably the best three-point shooting team in the NBA had just 29.4% from deep in this match, hitting 10 of 34 attempts, which could have been the biggest reason for this failure.
Also, Paul George suffered a toe injury, yet played with the same, and according to his words, he is still trying to adjust to the same, and find a way to contribute at the highest possible level before healing that nasty issue. PG had 17 buckets against the Nuggets, shooting 5-for-15 from the field.
Lakers vs Clippers Head to Head
Even though being division rivals, this is only the second meeting between these pair of teams. The initial one was on the opening night of the campaign, with the Clippers beating the champions, 116-109. George scored 33, Leonard 26 for the Clippers, while LeBron added 22 for the Lakers.
Lakers vs Clippers Prediction
The “older brother” shouldn’t be a big problem for the Clippers in this match. That is mostly because of the fact that LAL won’t have two of their best players at their disposal. This is a perfect chance for the Clippers to win their direct rival for the top of the standings and not only improve the record but get a tiebreaker to their side.
Pick: Clippers win