Clippers vs. Lakers preview and game thread: A shorthanded team seeks to stay above .500

Coming off of a stinging loss to the Kings in Paul George’s first missed game for rest and extended their losing streak to three, the Clippers seek to get back above .500 with a win against the Lakers. While this game could be important for tiebreaker purposes for the two teams, both which find themselves close to play-in territory in the loaded Western Conference, the rest of the league’s eyes will likely be elsewhere.

In fact, what was supposed to be a nationally-televised game has been replaced by an encore of the recent exciting matchup between the Suns and the Warriors, both of which are currently tied as the top team in the entire NBA. Despite the lack of attention a Los Angeles showdown would typically have, this game will be a test for both teams as they continue to fight for a playoff spot.

LeBron James, who sat out recently due to COVID-19 protocols, will be able to take the court alongside Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis. The Lakers would surely like to extend their two-game winning streak to three, but their consistency has been sporadic at best, even with James’ presence.


Game Information

When: Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m. PT

Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

How to watch/listen: Bally Sports SoCal, AM 570 ESPN

Opposing perspective: Silver Screen and Roll

Projected Starting Lineups

Clippers: Reggie Jackson, Eric Bledsoe, Paul George, Marcus Morris Sr., Ivica Zubac

Lakers:…

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