The LA Lakers will take on the LA Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center in a Summer League matchup between the two Los Angeles franchises.
The Lakers have lost their first two meetings in the Las Vegas Summer League – against the Phoenix Suns and the Charlotte Hornets. The game against the Hornets was intense, with two overtimes, the Lakers ultimately losing 89-86.
The Clippers, meanwhile, have only played one game so far, winning 94-76 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers had plenty of positives, including five players finishing in double digits. The Grizzlies struggled to start except for a solid performance by Kenneth Lofton Jr., who scored 18 points, shooting 88.9 percent.
A matchup between the two giants always stirs excitement, especially with the Lakers looking to register their first victory in Vegas.
Fixation: LA Lakers vs. LA Clippers | NBA Summer League 2022.
Date and hour : Tuesday July 12; 8 p.m. ET (Wednesday, July 13; 5:30 a.m. IST).
Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
LA Lakers preview
The LA Lakers had a strong start to the summer, winning two of three games at the California Classic. They recorded comfortable wins over the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors, but lost 87-75 to the Sacramento Kings and finished second overall.
In the Las Vegas Summer League, Scotty Pippen Jr. and Cole Swider were particularly good, scoring in clusters – including an effective deep shot. Pippen contributed consistently, while Swider went from wide (shooting 62.5%) in the loss to the Hornets.
The Lakers will have to put the pressure from the kickoff to beat their rival.
Key player – Cole Swider
Cole Swider has shown great promise so far, adding great offensive value to the Lakers’ Summer League roster. His deep shot has turned some heads, with rumors that he’ll likely add value to the LeBron James-led roster in the regular season.
Swider will play a crucial role, with Scotty Pippen Jr. being an effective distributor of the ball. He played 31 minutes in the previous game as the team benefited from his hot hand. Swider will look to carry that momentum into the Clippers game as the Lakers look to earn their first victory.
Scheduled LA Lakers Lineup
Guardian: Scotty Pippen Jr. | Guardian: Max Christi | Forward: cole swider | Forward: Nate Pierre Louis | Center: Sacha Killeya-Jones
LA Clippers preview
The LA Clippers’ youngsters were in sync against the Memphis Grizzlies, complementing everyone’s style of play. Brandon Boston had a strong outing, scoring 15 points while contributing effectively on defense.
All starters except Jason Preston scored in double figures, with center Moussa Diabate grabbing six offensive rebounds. Diabate’s size and frame will certainly pose a threat to the Lakers.
Another big factor in their win over the Grizzlies was Reggie Perry’s contribution off the bench. He used all of his 15 minutes, recording 17 points while shooting 66.7%. The Clippers’ roster looks pretty solid, making the upcoming game a must.
Key player – Brandon Boston
Brandon Boston played a crucial role against the Grizzlies, contributing on multiple fronts. Along with his scoring, he recorded three rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block – putting in an overall performance.
Boston gained some experience playing off the bench for the Clippers last season, averaging 6.7 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 30.6 percent from deep. His 51 appearances during his rookie season have improved his game on both sides, and he will be looking to use that opportunity to the fullest.
Scheduled lineup of LA Clippers
Guardian: Jason Preston | Guardian: BrandonBoston | Forward: Jay Scrubb | Forward: Jarrel Brantley | Center: Moussa Diabate
Lakers vs Clippers Match Prediction
The size of the Clippers will give them an advantage against the Lakers, with Moussa Diabate showing great rebounding ability. The Clippers had a solid defensive performance in their opener, which the young Lakers will have to overcome.
However, the Lakers have also shown promise – especially from depth. Swider’s momentum from the last game, if brought to this one, could pose a serious threat.
Where to watch LA Lakers vs LA Clippers?
The Lakers game against the Clippers will be shown on NBA TV.