With 20 games to go the Clippers (42-20) are in a virtual tie for third place in the Western Conference with the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers.
As for the Lakers (20-41) they’re tied with the Utah Jazz for the worst record in the conference.
It’s almost like the Seinfeld “Bizarro World” episode where everything is reversed.
The Clippers enter tonight’s game having won five straight including their last three road games while the Lakers have struggled all season long.
The Clippers enter the game having beaten the Suns in Phoenix Tuesday night, 104-96. That same night Lakers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples, 132-125.
If this means anything, the Clippers put away the Pelicans early at Staples this past Saturday night, 108-76.
The Clippers are led by all-star Blake Griffin who is averaging a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was named Western Conference Player of the Month for February after scoring 20 or more points in 20 straight games which set a new franchise record.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ team is fine-tuning for the playoffs adding Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Danny Granger to the fold last week.
As for Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers, they’re positioning themselves for ping-pong balls in the draft lottery. The team is playing hard. There’s no tanking on purpose for these guys playing for contracts next season.
The Lakers are led by two-time world champion center Pau Gasol averaging a double-double as well knocking down 20 points and 10 rebounds per contest.
The teams have split the two previous meetings with the Lakers taking the season-opener, 116-103. In January, the Clippers established their largest margin of victory over their hallway rivals beating the Lakers by 36 points, 123-87.
To hear from Clippers guard Chris Paul and forward Matt Barnes about this match-up, click on the video with this story.
The Clippers have won five of the last six meetings between the two L.A. teams. Tip-off for tonight’s Lakers home game is set for 7:40.