Clippers and the Lakers are going to make a spectacle this Sunday. The two of the biggest candidates for winning the Western Conference are clashing at Staples.
Lakers @ Clippers Game Preview
The basketball derby of Los Angeles is arguably the biggest sporting event in the world this Sunday. The fact that it is a local rivalry only increases the tension created by their championship aspirations. Clippers have the edge for now, even though they sit behind the purple and gold. Doc Rivers’ side already defeated the Lakers twice during this campaign, and comes into this battle with all of its players at disposal. On the other hand, LeBron and Davis are on fire, and are unstoppable right now. Their motivation is massive, and expect to see the LAL in their best mode.
Lakers @ Clippers Betting Odds
Where to Watch Lakers @ Clippers
Date: March 8, Sunday
Time: 3:30 pm ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Watch live: NBA TV, Fox Sports South East, and ABC.
Lakers Aiming the First Win Against Clippers
Two of LAL’s 13 losses came against this rival. The Lakers lost in the season opener, 112-102, and on Christmas 111-106. Although both results seemed tight, we had the impression that the Clips just waited for the wrong move of Frank Vogel’s side to take over.
The morale of the nominal guests in this match is at a high level. They’ve defeated the No.1 team in the NBA and the East, the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-103. LeBron and Davis posted 67 points combined, with King James scoring 37. Over the recent few games, his contribution happened to be extremely good.
Lakers are 9-1 in the last ten matches with the only loss during that stretch happening in Memphis versus the Grizzlies. The statistical part opens with the information that 4 games in the previous 10 they played went over the limit. LA Lakers are 5-1 ATS.
Clippers Preparing for the Playoffs
Doc Rivers’ team is still way below its full potential. The reason for that were his decisions not to rush with pairing Kawhi and Paul George, who played a lot of games this season without one another. However, once Rivers had the entire team at disposal, LAC went 10-0. It pretty much says everything.
The latest game was against the Rockets in Houston, and the Clips won it 120-105. Even though the home team had an awful shooting night, that can’t diminish the routine victory of the visitors from California. Many of those misses were contested and Clippers’ players were responsible for them.
LAC is 7-3 in the previous 10 events, but are in the series of six consecutive triumphs, the latest two on the road. The flexibility of their play is fascinating, and the fact that they can adjust to any team in the league is the main weapon of this unit. Also, it is needless to say that the offensive potential is probably the best among all franchises. Not in terms of quantity of points, but when talking about the number of potential scorers, as LAC has five players who are able to drop 20 points on any defense only if they have a chance.