LA Lakers vs LA Clippers: The battle for supremacy over Los Angeles will begin with a preseason game between the Lakers and the Clippers. While Kobe Bryant has ruled Hollywood for a long time, there is another contender in town now.
The addition of Chris Paul to the point of the Clippers makes Blake Griffin almost unstoppable, and it starts to make the Lakers sweat their former unquestioned dominance. Let the NBA madness begin.
Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
When: Monday, December 19, 10:30 p.m. ET
Watch: FSN Prime Ticket and FOX WEST
Listen: ESPN Radio
Betting Line: Over/Under: 195, Spread: Lakers -3.5
None to Report
Derrick Caracter, PF, Doubtful
Matt Barnes, SF, Probable
Andrew Bynum, C, Out
What They’re Saying
Blake Griffin is an animal on the glass and in the low post, but there are questions about his ability to avoid his sophomore slump. With Griffin willingly deferring the ball to Chris Paul, though, there should be much more Griffin flying around under the basket and plenty of poster dunks.
Lakers Player to Watch: Kobe Bryant
The Los Angeles Lakers live and die with their top shooter, Kobe Bryant. With his personal life in turmoil, whether Bryant uses basketball as his escape or if he starts to treat it like a job will depict whether or not the Lakers win this game against the Clippers or win anything significant this season.
Key Matchup: Chris Paul vs. Anyone the Lakers Use Against Him
The Chris Paul to the Clippers trade had to hurt the Lakers more than any other team in the NBA, not just because they almost had him themselves, but because he ended up playing in the same building on the wrong team. The Lakers don’t have anyone that can cover Paul, so it will be a long night for the Lakers.
Prediction: Clippers 113, Lakers 101
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