Lakers vs. Clippers Preview & Prediction

The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are facing off for the second time in three nights. The Clippers are fighting for playoff positioning in the West, and are hoping to get another easy win over one of the worst teams in the league.

Projected Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Lakers (20-56)

G Jordan Clarkson – 11.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg

G Jeremy Lin – 11.2 ppg, 4.6 apg

F Wesley Johnson – 9.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg

F Ryan Kelly– 5.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg

F Tarik Black – 6.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg

Los Angeles Clippers (52-26)

G Chris Paul – 19.1 ppg, 10.2 apg

G J.J. Redick – 16.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg

F Matt Barnes – 10.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg

F Blake Griffin – 21.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 5.2 apg

C DeAndre Jordan – 11.4 ppg, 14.8 rpg

What to watch for:

Will the Lakers play with any intensity?

The Lakers lost to the Clippers 106-78 on Sunday largely because they just didn't seem interested in playing. Their season is essentially over, while the Clippers are fighting for playoff positioning. If they are going to have any chance at winning this game, the Lakers need to play with a lot of effort and intensity, something they've shown they don't have anymore this season.

Prediction: Clippers win 117-86

The Lakers seem to have given up on the season with just a few games to go, and while you can't necessarily blame them - they lose their draft pick if it's not in the top 5 - they won't beat teams as good as the Clippers.

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