The regular season starts tonight, and Staples Center will host the game between two of the best Western Conference teams.
The LA rivalry this year is much more promising than previous years, whether because of the Lakers or because of the Clippers. Both teams have acquired superstar talent in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for Doc Rivers’ team and Anthony Davis for Frank Vogel’s Los Angeles Lakers. Even though the Clippers have a more steady foundation, as they’ve kept most of their core from last season intact, we can’t deny the Lakers potential and possible match-ups presented in this game. Let’s go straight to the facts. Anthony Davis, Javale Mcgee and Dwight Howard will be too much for the opposing team frontcourt. Add to that mix LeBron James who will see the Power Forward for limited minutes. Paul George and Kawhi pose a very difficult situation for the Lakers, as Danny Green and LeBron are the only capable forwards to slow them down, but George is out for the first 10 games of the season.
With that being said, Clippers defense and offense will not be as deadly as it could be. It will be interesting to see the Lakers chemistry in their first regular season game, as they are presenting an almost new team if we compare from last season, but even if they don’t click right away, I think they have enough to compete and grab the win against their rivals.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -3.5 @1.84
The Battle for LA starts tonight! ????— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 22, 2019
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