Lakers return home as visitor against Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CA – December 11: Montrezl Harrell #15 and Dennis Schroder #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk during a preseason game against the LA Clippers on December 11, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers (31-18) and Los Angeles Clippers (32-18) have been fun over the years. The last two years have certainly added flames to the fire. The Lakers sat by listening to the chatter from across the hall last season. Ultimately, they got another chip while the local residents wait it out for their opportunity.

This season, the Clippers got an early jump with an opening night win of 116-109. Both teams have remained contenders out West. The Clippers hold third place with the hobbled Lakers right behind at fourth. A win on Easter Sunday would allow the Lakers to leap-frog their little brother.

Kyle Kuzma is a huge reason for the Lakers winning three of their last four games. He has put up 22.3 points and 7.2 rebounds over that stretch. Combined with his renewed efforts on defense, he’s finding great footing that will be the ultimate tool against the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Andre Drummond had an unfortunate debut last week with a freak toe injury. Going into Sunday’s contest, both he and Wes Matthews were questionable per The Athletics’ Jovan Buha. Dave McMenamin of ESPN now says that Drummond is officially out.

The snake just keeps biting them. The Lakers could have used a look at how Drummond’s size fares against these Clippers frontline. Hopefully, they will get Matthews in for his ability to defend their big wings.

Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 PM PST/3:30 EST.

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