The Lakers and Clippers play an important tie-breaking game on Wednesday night at STAPLES Center — the court in Clippers home red and blue — that will decide home court advantage should the teams finish the regular season with the same record.
Heading into the action, LAL (34-20) hold a 1.5 game lead over LAC (32-21) in the Pacific Division, good enough for the third overall seed in the Western Conference. We took a look at what the respective schedules look like for both Los Angeles squads in the final few weeks of the season.
HOME VS. AWAY:
Lakers: Five home (HOU, DEN, DAL, SAS, OKC), six away (PHX, NOH, SAS, GSW, SAS, SAC)
Clippers: Four home (SAC, GSW, OKC, NOH) eight away (SAC, MEM, OKC, MIN, DEN, PHX, ATL, NYK)
OPPONENT WINNING PERCENTAGE:
Lakers: 54.9 percent
Clippers: 50 percent
+.500 ROAD OPPONENTS
Thanks to a quirk in the schedule, the Lakers have three of their final 11 games against San Antonio (37-14), accounting for their more difficult overall schedule just in terms of opponent’s winning percentage. However, the Clippers have eight road games to LAL’s five, and six come against teams with winning records. Furthermore, four of the final five games for the Clips come away from Los Angeles, with a two-game Eastern trip to Atlanta and New York – battling for playoff position themselves – concluding the schedule.