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Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles.
When: Sunday April 6, 20:30 BST
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It has been a nightmare season for the Los Angeles Lakers, but they will be playing for pride on Sunday as they take on city rivals the Clippers at Staples Center.
The Clippers (54-23) will be the home team on Sunday, and while they saw their eight-game home winning stand snapped by the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, coach Doc Rivers has guided them to 17 wins in their last 20 games overall.
That has seen them all-but clinch the third seed in the Western Conference, and while they are still just two games back from the Oklahoma City Thunder in second, the regular season has seen them shift the balance of power in Los Angeles after following on from last year’s success.
Meanwhile, the Lakers (25-51) are just a game in front of the Utah Jazz as they look to avoid finishing with the worst record in the West, although they are unlikely to avoid their worst mark for a regular season which was set in 1975 at 30-52.
Mike D’Antoni’s team have lost three straight and 12 of 16 which perhaps tells you where this game is heading, but make no mistake about it, they will be desperate to avoid another embarrassing loss having been routed in the previous two meetings.
Nevertheless, the Clippers are 32-7 at Staples Center while the Lakers are 14-25 this season, and so as a result don’t expect the fact that they are playing on their ‘home’ court to be a factor in this.
It has been a season to forget for the Lakers as injuries have consistently decimated their roster, and with plans to rebuild in the summer, they will be looking to at least give their fans something to cheer about on Sunday in the meantime.