Monday, January 17 2022

Through 1 Quarter

A win for the Los Angeles Clippers would push them above even, but the Los Angeles Lakers are definitely not making it easy for them. Los Angeles currently holds a 23-22 lead.

The Clippers haven’t had any offensive standouts so far with all players held to six points or fewer. Los Angeles has been relying on point guard Russell Westbrook, who has five points and two assists, and power forward Carmelo Anthony, who has five points in addition to two rebounds.

The Lakers might be down, but they’ve been down at the end of the first quarter eight times this season and have won 62% of those games — in fact, oddly enough, that’s better than their overall win percentage (52%).

Who’s Playing

Los Angeles @ Los Angeles

Current Records: Los Angeles 11-11; Los Angeles 12-11

What to Know

The Los Angeles Lakers have been on the wrong side of a one-way rivalry with the Los Angeles Clippers and are hoping to record their first win since July 30 of last year. The Lakers will take on Los Angeles at 10 p.m. ET on Friday at Staples Center after having had a few days off. Los Angeles is out to stop a four-game streak of losses at home.

Los Angeles made easy work of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday and carried off a 117-92 victory. The oddsmakers were on Los Angeles’ side, but they didn’t give the squad enough credit as the margin was unexpectedly wide. Their power forward Anthony Davis did his thing and had 25 points along with seven boards.

Meanwhile, the Clippers came up short against Sacramento on Wednesday, falling 124-115. Los Angeles was down 99-76 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Small forward Terance Mann (19 points), shooting guard Luke Kennard (19 points), and center Ivica Zubac (17 points) were the top scorers for Los Angeles. Ivica Zubac’s performance made up for a slower game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

The Lakers suffered a grim 118-94 defeat to Los Angeles when the two teams previously met in May. Maybe Los Angeles will have more luck at home instead of on the road? Watch the contest and check back on CBS Sports for all the details.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 10 p.m. ET
  • Where: Staples Center — Los Angeles, California
  • TV: Bally Sports SoCal
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Lakers are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Clippers, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Lakers as a 1.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -109

See NBA picks for every single game, including this one, from SportsLine’s advanced computer model. Get picks now.

Injury Report for Los Angeles

  • Kendrick Nunn: Out (Knee)
  • Trevor Ariza: Out (Ankle)

Injury Report for Los Angeles

  • Nicolas Batum: Out (Covid-19)
  • Jason Preston: Out (Foot)
  • Kawhi Leonard: Out (Knee)

Source: CBSSports.com

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