LAL vs LAC Dream11: In one of the high-profile fixtures in the NBA this week, the Los Angeles Lakers play fellow Western Conference and City rivals Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Thursday morning. The match will be the second between these two powerhouse teams since the opening day of the current season.
For the first time this season, the Lakers lost three straight games, with the last one coming at home against the Denver Nuggets. LeBron James sat out that match due to a knock, and Anthony Davis lacked the support he wished he had after dropping a double-double 32 points and 11 rebounds. Still, the Lakers continue to lead the Western Conference with them boasting the best return at 24-6 after 30 games.
The Clippers also come into this game looking for a response to their defeat in the last game. The Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers lost 118-112 against Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers are 22-10 on the season now and remain fourth in the Western Conference.
Teams: Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers
Venue: Staples Center
Match Timing: December 26, @ 06:30 AM
Los Angeles Lakers injury news: LeBron James missed Lakers‘ last game against the Denver Nuggets due to a rib injury but he is expected to play in this game. DeMarcus Cousins will be unavailable as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
Los Angeles Clippers injury news: The visitors are expected to have Kawhi Leonard in their starting five. The former San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors star sat out the last match due to rest purposes.
Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis, LeBron James, JaVale McGee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green
Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard, Maurice Harkless, Ivica Zubac, Paul George, Patrick Beverley
Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Jared Dudley
Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac, Montrezl Harrell, Maurice Harkless, Paul George, Landry Shamet, Terance Mann, Patrick Patterson, Jerome Robinson
PG: P Beverley
SG: Kawhi, L Williams, D Green
SF: M Harkless
PF: A Davis (SP), K Kuzma
C: J McGee
PG: P Beverley, Rondo
SG: L Williams, D Green
SF: LeBron (SP), George
PF: K Kuzma
C: J McGee