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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 10/29/13

Los Angeles Clippers (56-26) at Los Angeles Lakers (45-37)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +7.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds

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Two cross-town rivals collide on opening night as the Lakers and Clippers square off from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

The Lakers and Clippers rivalry goes all the way back to the early 80’s when the Clippers relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984, which happens to be the year I was born. Since that time however, it’s safe to say the Lakers have dominated the LA basketball scene, holding a 97-33 all-time series lead, which includes 11 championships along the way. By contrast, the Clippers have only made the playoffs six times since 1984 and were long considered the laughing stock of the NBA.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 10/29/13

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There’s no denying the Lakers dominance over the Clippers these past 30 years, however, things are finally starting to turn around for this Clippers organization and last year was the first in 20 that they won the season series over their cross-town rivals. Expect more of the same this season as the Clippers are tipped to be a serious title contender while the Lakers will be in the Riggin-for-Wiggins sweepstakes.

Alright, the Lakers won’t be one of the five worst teams in the league, but they will be really bad. Not only is there the cloud hanging over Kobe Bryant and his injury, but the Lakers had a terrible offseason after Dwight Howard bolted for Houston, leaving them to settle for the likes of Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman and Nick Young, who has never been on a winning basketball team in his life. On the flipside, the Clippers were big winners in the summer as they addressed their outside shooting with the additions of Jared Dudley and J.J. Reddick. More importantly, they replaced head coaches as Doc Rivers will take over from Vinny Del Negro, which is a major upgrade to say the least.   

I was quite surprised to see this line not around the double digit mark, considering the Clippers were 4-0 against the Lakers last season with an average winning margin of 13 points. Don’t even think about it, just take the Clippers and watch them cruise to victory…

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Clippers -7.5

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