- Both teams looking for their second straight win
- LeBron James out for the Lakers
- Lakers just 3-7 in division games this season
The battle for Los Angeles is on when the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. With both teams looking to improve their seeding prior to the playoffs, there is a lot on the line in this contest. And while the Clippers have both of their top stars available, the Lakers cannot say that same going into this matchup.
Lakers vs Clippers Schedule
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- When: Thursday, May 6, 10:00 PM ET
- How to Watch: TNT
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Lakers Missing LeBron Again
The Los Angeles Lakers picked up a win in their last game, beating the Denver Nuggets at home without the services of LeBron James. Despite being without their best player, the Lakers were able to slow down the Nuggets’ potent scoring attack, holding Denver to just 89 points for the game. Offensively, it was the three-point shot that propelled the Lakers, as they made 43% of their outside shots for the game.
But the Lakers’ offense was far from great against the Nuggets, as LA managed just 93 points of their own in the victory. Against a healthier and more dangerous Clippers team, 93 points will likely not be enough to pick up a win. And with both James and Dennis Schroder out for the Lakers in this contest, the supporting cast of the Lakers will need to help Anthony Davis in a big way.
Clippers Facing Motivational Conundrum
Los Angeles’ other title contender in the NBA is coming off a win of their own. The Clippers picked up a five-point victory over the Raptors on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Ty Lue’s team shot over 50% from the field and 40% from three in the win, numbers that they will try to replicate in this key clash with the Lakers.
Working in the Clippers’ favor here is the fact that they have both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George healthy and available for this matchup. Without LeBron James on the floor, and with Anthony Davis not being a great positional matchup against the Clippers’ dynamic duo, it could be tough for the Lakers to cover Leonard and George in this contest.
The Los Angeles Clippers are absolutely the better team heading into this matchup with a banged-up Lakers squad. But their motivation heading into this game is something to question. It would be better for the Clippers to fall into the fourth spot in the West so they can face the Dallas Mavericks in round one, but their need to find their form before the playoffs may prevent any maneuvering on their part.
Lakers vs Clippers Prediction & Pick
Who will win tonight’s NBA game
The Lakers are definitely not in a good place from a health perspective heading into this game. But they are going to play a slow pace and force the Clippers to beat the top defense in the NBA on the season. The Clippers may win the game, but it will be tight until the end.
Lakers +8 over Clippers