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Lakers vs. Clippers Preview: Two teams heading in different directions

The Lakers face their hallway rivals looking to end their four-game losing streak.

Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

Four straight losses, no wins during this homestand and head coach Darvin Ham, with a wild response to questions about his job security, have the Lakers at rock bottom.

They'll be looking to dig themselves out of this hole on Sunday, facing their local rival, the Los Angeles Clippers, at home.

Start time and TV schedule

Who: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers

When: 6:30 p.m. PT, Jan. 7

Where: Crypto.com Arena

Watch: Spectrum Sportsnet


These teams are polar opposites.

The Clippers are on a five-game win streak compared to the Lakers, who have learned some lessons in the past four games but have no wins to show for it.

At 22-12, the Clippers are playing the best basketball in the NBA, with only the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics having an argument otherwise. With the Clippers' big four of Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Paul George all healthy and gelling, a Lakers win would be improbable and one of the season's best victories.

And they desperately need one in the win column.

It's not just the losses. It's how they've been losing. They are letting every team go off from three, giving up leads and losing despite the opposition missing key players. These haven't been unlucky games or a rough stretch. The Lakers should've won several of these games, given the talent on the roster and the competition in front of them. LeBron James warned the team to still compete during this time at home, but that spirit has been absent.

They'll have to bring an intensity and focus we haven't seen since the In-Season Tournament to win this game, but stranger things have happened. This team still has James and Anthony Davis playing like stars and if they can defend the three better and get positive contributions from their role players, maybe they can shock the Clippers and come out with the victory.


Notes and Updates

  • The Lakers injury report has stayed relatively the same as in previous games. Davis (left ankle sprain/bone bruise) is probable, James (left peroneal tendinopathy) and D'Angelo Russell (tailbone contusion) are questionable and Gabe Vincent (left knee surgery) and Hachimura (left calf strain) are out.
  • For the Clippers, only one player is listed with Moussa Diabate (right hand metacarpal fracture) out.

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