Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Clippers look to continue their recent domination over the Los Angeles Lakers when the teams conclude their seasons on Wednesday at Staples Center. The host Clippers have won each of this campaign's three previous meetings to stretch their winning streak in the all-time series to six games and have prevailed in 17 of the last 18 matchups.

Both teams are outsiders in terms of the postseason as the Clippers have collapsed down the stretch with three straight losses and five of their last six games. The Clippers made the playoffs each of the previous six seasons, but the offseason departure of point guard Chris Paul and the midseason trade of power forward Blake Griffin is leading to a transition period. The Lakers have dropped 11 of their last 14 games after losing 105-99 to Houston on Tuesday and are concluding their fifth straight losing campaign. The Lakers again will be without rookie point guard Lonzo Ball (knee), Brandon Ingram (concussion) and Kyle Kuzma (ankle).

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Spectrum SportsNet (Lakers), Prime Ticket (Clippers)

ABOUT THE LAKERS (34-47): The shortage of players led to the organization dipping into its G League affiliate to recall 32-year-old journeyman Andre Ingram, who produced a feel-good story by scoring 19 points in his NBA debut after playing 10 seasons in the minors. The 6-3 Ingram, who serves as a math tutor during offseasons, made 6-of-8 shots - including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, the latter fitting for a player who is the G League's all-time leader with 713 3-pointers. "There were times, of course, where it didn't seem like it would happen," Ingram said in a postgame television interview of reaching the NBA. "I kept coming back because I generally felt like I was close. I passed up a lot of overseas opportunities because I wanted to play in this league."

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (42-39):
Sharpshooter Lou Williams (ankle) is expected back after sitting out Monday's 113-100 loss to New Orleans as he looks to put the finishing touches on one of the top seasons by a Sixth Man in NBA history. Williams is averaging a career-best 22.6 points overall, but his 21.9 average in 60 games off the bench is the highest by a reserve since Milwaukee's Paul Pierce averaged 23 in 1989-90. Williams also is averaging a career-high 5.3 assists and will become the first player in NBA history to average 20 points and five assists as a reserve.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Clippers have won 11 straight in the series when designated as the "home" team.

2. Lakers rookie G Josh Hart scored 20 points versus the Rockets and is averaging 21.7 points during the stretch.

3. Clippers G Austin Rivers (elbow) is questionable after sitting out Monday.

PREDICTION: Clippers 115, Lakers 111
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Lakers 34-47 L3 20-21 14-26 3-2 31-45 5-10 18-33
L.A. Clippers 42-39 L3 22-18 20-21 5-6 37-33 12-3 24-27
Last Meeting
L.A. Lakers L.A. Clippers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/29/17 LAC 121 LAL 106 106 35 48.9 121 49 48.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Lakers J. Clarkson 20 56.2 0
L.A. Clippers B. Griffin 24 40.0 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Lakers K. Caldwell-Pope 7 3 4
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 16 2 14
Assists Player  
L.A. Lakers J. Clarkson 8
L.A. Clippers M. Teodosic 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Lakers J. Randle 1397 55.3 319
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 1833 43.5 448
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Lakers J. Randle 693 188 505
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 1207 333 874
Assists Player  
L.A. Lakers L. Ball 388
L.A. Clippers L. Williams 433
Quickchart Matchup
L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Off vs  L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Defense
L.A. Lakers Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points For 108.0 Points For
L.A. Lakers Off vs L.A. Clippers - Points Against 108.9 Points Against
L.A. Lakers - FG% 46.0 FG%
L.A. Clippers - FG% 45.8 FG%
L.A. Lakers - Reb 46.3 Reb
L.A. Clippers - Reb 43.6 Reb
L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers Off vs  L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers Defense
L.A. Clippers Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points For 109.1 Points For
L.A. Clippers Off vs L.A. Lakers - Points Against 109.7 Points Against
L.A. Clippers - FG% 47.1 FG%
L.A. Lakers - FG% 45.6 FG%
L.A. Clippers - Reb 43.9 Reb
L.A. Lakers - Reb 44.9 Reb