Despite the lopsided nature of the intracity rivalry, the Lakers and Clippers will play each other in a marquee setting this coming NBA season.
L.A.’s two basketball teams will face off at 7:30 p.m. Christmas day, according to the 2015-16 NBA schedule released Wednesday afternoon.
The Clippers have beaten the Lakers seven consecutive times. In fact. the Clippers’ lone loss over the past three years of the hallway series remains a 116-103 Lakers triumph in the 2013 season opener. The Lakers have not only lost 11 of their past 12 to the Clippers, those contests have been decided by a margin of nearly 20 points per game.
The Clippers came within a win of the Western Conference finals last season before becoming the ninth team in NBA history to lose a 3-1 postseason series lead. It has been an active offseason for Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers, who added free agents Paul Pierce and Josh Smith in addition to retaining center DeAndre Jordan.
The Lakers’ rebuilding effort continued this offseason with the selection of Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick of the draft and free agent additions Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams.