- Lebron James is expected to play against the Clippers.
- Paul George is fully healthy and will face the Lakers for the first time this year.
- Montrezl Harrell is becoming a key component for the Clippers.
LOS ANGELES - Christmas Day is here and this is what NBA fans have been waiting for since opening day. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers will face off for the second time this season. This time, both teams will be fully healthy.
After both teams have played over 30 games throughout the NBA, this game seems to be at the top of the priority list for both. Bettors also see this as a game that can not be missed. US Sportsbooks will have plenty of odds set for this game, but recent history can give bettors a reference as to what to expect from the two teams in Los Angeles.
With so much on the line, these two teams have been preparing for this game since the last time they have played each other on opening day. Although Paul George missed the first game against the Lakers, Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers to a 112-102 victory over the Lakers in their first meeting. With George and Leonard healthy this time around, this matchup becomes a lot more intriguing.
Ever since opening day, the Lakers have been destroying teams as they sit at the top of the Western Conference with a 24-6 record. Anthony Davis is leading the team averaging 27 points per game and can’t be stopped.
Already known as a top 10 player in the league, Davis is causing problems for teams around the league with his points and cleaning up the glass grabbing nine rebounds per game. Davis is expected to give the Clippers a problem in this matchup with him being the key to the Lakers offense.
Along with Davis, Lebron James has been dominant on the court. James has been more focused on getting other players involved dishing out 10 assists per game. Before getting his points, James seems to want to get all others involved starting with Davis.
Still putting up 25 points per game, James has shown that he has put last year behind. A healthy James as seen throughout the season so far looks just like the James in Miami and Cleveland.
The Lakers and the Clippers are fully healthy this time around. Key pieces like Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo will play valid roles this time around for this matchup. Obviously, with George making an appearance this game around, head coach Doc Rivers and the Clippers will be fully loaded as well.
The Lakers seem like a different team since opening day and are ready to take on the Clippers. The Davis and James combination looks unstoppable and may be a bit much for the Clippers to handle. The Lakers may very well take this one and even the series up between the two. Expect Davis and James with their usual high-performance games. Also, watch out for Danny Green who shows up big in games like this.
While going to shake James’ hand, Beverly avoided looking James in the eyes and many believed that started a rivalry between these two franchises. With one game done and another set to start on Christmas Day, look for the Lakers and Clippers to be an interesting preview for the Western Conference Playoffs.