Battle for LA: A quick look at how the Lakers and the Clippers are doing in the 2019-20 NBA Season
It’s nearly a month into the 2019-20 NBA season and most have been correct with their preseason predictions about how the two teams from Los Angeles will fare.
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers met on the opening day with the latter coming out on top with a 112-102 win. However, it’s the Lakers who have dominated the NBA since with a 15-2 SU record at the time of writing. They sit atop the Western Conference, having won their last eight games in a row with their only other loss in the season coming to the defensively-solid Toronto Raptors, the reigning champions.
*Stats and records are accurate as of Nov. 25, 2019
The Los Angeles Lakers led by The King
A key factor for the Lakers’ is the arrival of Anthony Davis. The former New Orleans Pelicans star was brought in as the crucial second star needed to complement LeBron James and he has delivered so far with 25.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 15 games. For context, the highest-scorer other than James last season was Kyle Kuzma who averaged 18.7 points.
But we can’t NOT talk about James either. Playing in his 17th professional season, the three-time NBA champion is continuing to perform at the highest level. He currently averages 25.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 10.8 assists over 16 games. Most recently, he even earned the distinction of being the only NBA player in history to record a triple-double against every single team in the league.
The supporting cast has played a role as well. The likes of Dwight Howard, Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have all contributed in making the Lakers the current favorites to win a first NBA championship since 2010.
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The Clippers were a good team even before Leonard and George
The Clippers are not far behind, either. After all, they made some big moves in the summer as well by bringing in free agents Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. As it stands, they currently have a 12-5 record as they sit in third in the Western Conference.
Leonard continued to pick up where he left off last season as he is averaging 25.7 points, 8 rebounds and 5.5 assists over 12 games so far. However, the Clippers did suffer some inconsistent results losing five of their first 12 games. A key factor was it being a completely new side from last season getting used to each other, but also the absence of George through injury.
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The former Oklahoma City Thunder forward returned to action earlier this month and it has coincided with the Clippers going on a red-hot run. They have won their last five games in a row, including big victories over the Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics. George, meanwhile, is averaging 25 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists over six games so far. If things continue this way, he and Leonard could potentially help the Clippers challenge the Lakers for top spot in the Western Conference.
And like the Lakers, the Clippers are getting a boost from their supporting cast. Patrick Beverley is playing his part as he effectively helped the Clippers defeat the Celtics in overtime with 14 points, including two clutch 3-pointers. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are averaging 22.5 and 19 points respectively with the former leading the team in assists with 5.8.
The only concern for Doc Rivers and his team are their performance away from home. So far, they have only played five games away from the Staples Center, going just 1-4 SU. The Lakers, on the other hand, are 6-1 on the road and that could be a decisive factor that seems them reign as the top team from Los Angeles come the end of the season.
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